RUMOR: The reason Ben Simmons isn’t getting traded to the Warriors
Ben Simmons is still part of the Philadelphia 76ers. The man has been withstanding a storm of rumors and reports linking him to a trade to a number of teams, including the Golden State Warriors, who are probably the tastiest destination of them all. However, the possibility of Simmons getting shipped to The Bay Area might be dimmer than most people believe. For one, there has not been anything remotely serious put on the table for the Sixers and the Warriors to begin a discussion, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic:
The Warriors front office isn’t currently split on whether or not to accept a Ben Simmons trade offer from Philadelphia. There isn’t — and has never been — a realistic one on the table for them to discuss. Talks can’t be considered dead because they’ve never even really been alive, multiple sources confirm.
Apart from that, Slater also broke down a number of other reasons why it’s just unlikely that a Ben Simmons trade to the Warriors would even progress to a point where both teams will need to have a conference. Among which is that Warriors owner Joe Lacob appears to have made a firm decision that he’s not going to deal James Wiseman or Jonathan Kuminga.
Joe Lacob isn’t bluffing. He does not want to trade James Wiseman or Jonathan Kuminga. You can question his vision, but I wouldn’t be skeptical of the transparency.
The Warriors can win with or without Ben Simmons, as they look to squeeze at least one more title from the core trio that has delivered them multiple Larry O’Briens before in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The Warriors will just be fine.