Rumor: Warriors shut down Sixers’ blockbuster Ben Simmons trade proposal
The Golden State Warriors have rejected the Philadelphia 76ers’ blockbuster trade proposal for All-Star Ben Simmons, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Sixers reportedly offered up Simmons in a trade to the Warriors for James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, picks No. 7 and 14 in the 2021 NBA Draft and two future first-rounders. The Warriors quickly turned it down.
While Simmons is still just 25 years old and extremely talented, it would be a tough sell to give up too much for him right now after his latest playoff struggles. The Sixers star would absolutely help any other team in the regular season, but his current flaws limit him too much in the playoffs to give up such a haul. There’s still room for him to grow, though, and perhaps a fresh start helps him with his shooting demons.
For the Warriors, having Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson there would help mitigate Simmons’ shooting woes, but Simmons and Draymond Green would overlap. Having two playmaking forwards who are also elite defensively is certainly intriguing next to Steph and Klay, and perhaps Green would be moved in the near future after such a deal due to his age, but the lack of shooting from Simmons and Green would likely cause some problems offensively.
With the Sixers looking for so much for Simmons right now, it’s hard to see a deal getting done on draft night, or even anytime soon. Perhaps they’ll adjust their asking price down the road after other moves are made. It’s still hard to see Simmons starting next season in Philly after all the rumors that have been put out there.