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Ben Simmons update from Sixers coach Doc Rivers might be of interest to LeBron James, Lakers

Sixers, Doc Rivers, Lakers, Russell Westbrook

Remember that time when Ben Simmons used to play for the Philadelphia 76ers?

With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching, the biggest question still revolves around the disgruntled Sixers star. He has played a grand total of zero minutes this season, and by the looks of it, the situation will be status quo.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers, however, did offer a teeny-tiny hope with his latest update on Simmons (via NBC Sports Philadelphia):

“He does come to the (practice) facility, but I don’t know what that means right now. Hopefully, we’ll have an answer sooner or later.”

As we said, it’s a microscopic silver lining. At the very least, Simmons still makes appearances, unlike in the offseason. Coming to the Sixers‘ practice facility also implies he’s getting a bit of work done and maintaining his conditioning.

All of these might be of interest to the Los Angeles Lakers, especially after rumors swirled a few weeks ago that they are interested in trading Russell Westbrook for Simmons. While the possibility has already been squashed by the Sixers, the situation of the Lakers could still resuscitate talks and offer a different package centered on Talen Horton-Tucker.

Up to now, the Lakers are still figuring it out with Westbrook, who’s in the middle of an abhorrent shooting slump. While Simmons isn’t a better shooter, as the Sixers could attest, his versatility on both ends could make a huge difference for the Lakers. Plus, knowing he’s still working out doesn’t hurt his trade value.

Simmons is too much of a talented guy to be wasting time (and money), while the Lakers could use a drastic change.