The Ben Simmons trade rumors are heating up across the NBA, with a firm belief that he could be moved in the very near future. One team that has reportedly had discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers regarding the disgruntled star is the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype:

“I heard the Pelicans discussed trading future first-round picks and pick swaps with the 76ers for Ben Simmons, NBA sources told HoopsHype. Brandon Ingram was not involved in the talks, I’m told, at least as of now. With Zion Williamson’s latest injury setback, it’s unclear how that could move the needle for the Pelicans in their efforts to land Simmons.”

To be honest, it seems unlikely the Sixers would go for a deal like this. Daryl Morey has made it crystal clear that he wants a bona fide NBA superstar in return for Simmons. A few first-round picks are certainly far from that.

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For the Pelicans, though, this could be an interesting move. Zion Williamson’s recovery isn’t going smoothly and we honestly have no clue when he’ll be back on the court. Simmons with Brandon Ingram would be a solid duo as New Orleans looks to find its identity without Williamson. Of course, it’s likely the only way Philly would really explore this type of trade is if Ingram was included.

Keep an eye on the Simmons situation. It’s one of the most intriguing storylines in the NBA right now.