There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot going on with the Ben Simmons trade situation at the moment. While there are rumors out there suggesting Simmons isn’t communicating with the Philadelphia 76ers and is prepared to force a trade, the Sixers don’t seem to be in any rush to move the young All-Star. They’re shooting for the moon with trade offers and aren’t just going to give him away.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe notes the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves as being among the team with “varying degrees of interest” in Simmons. However, talks haven’t really gone anywhere because the Sixers are asking for so much, in part because they’re holding out hope Simmons can be used to trade for Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.
Sixers president Daryl Morey is infatuated with the idea of trading for Lillard, but the Blazers star currently isn’t available. Lowe reiterates that there has been no trade request, and no trade request means no trade. Portland isn’t going to trade Lillard unless he asks out.
Perhaps Lillard changes his mind after a quiet Blazers offseason. If that happens, Philly will be ready to strike. As will the New York Knicks, but Lowe notes they’ll have a harder time building a big offer until Dec. 15 because that’s when a number of players become trade eligible. The Sixers can trade Simmons right now, giving them an edge.
But if Lillard doesn’t become available, would Morey just keep Simmons despite all the rumored drama there? Or would he circle back to these other teams and bring down his demands. The Warriors are desperate for another star player and have assets to trade, though Philly would prefer to get more win-now talent. The Spurs could use Simmons as a centerpiece of a rebuild, while the Timberwolves are looking to take a big step forward.
It looks like this situation will drag on for a bit.