Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has been in a lot of hot water lately after an abysmal performance in the second-round playoff series loss against the Atlanta Hawks.
Simmons left the floor at Wells Fargo Center to some chants of “Trade Ben Simmons” from Sixers fans. How heartbreaking that must have felt when looking back at all of the potential this team had in competing for a title.
With the 2021 NBA Draft approaching, the Sixers “continue to canvass the league” for a possible Simmons trade, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Ben Simmons' agent, Rich Paul, who is also the CEO of Klutch Sports, is looking for a move that would benefit his client. The two are on the same page about it, but the Sixers are asking for a lot and could take talks past the draft.
Being a Rich Paul client certainly has a lot of benefits, as he is known to be an agent who gets his clients to the destination they want. Just ask Anthony Davis.
It was recently reported that the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, and Miami Heat are possible destinations for Ben Simmons, per The Athletic's Sam Amick, though Amick followed up by suggesting the Heat noise is overblown.
The Toronto Raptors were reported to be the team closest to acquiring Simmons, though nothing is imminent. A recent trade offer from the Sixers was reportedly rejected by the Raptors. The Sixers were reportedly asking for Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, and the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
If Philly continues to ask for so much for Ben Simmons, it's hard to see him getting traded. But at some point in the future, that asking price will surely come down at least a little bit, and perhaps then a trade will get done.