Ben Simmons commerce rumor mill: Russell Westbrook, Collin Sexton, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jaylen Brown

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It’s time for just a little Ben Simmons spherical up. It’s just about unattainable to carry you all the scuttlebutt that exists as a result of this matter is ongoing, omnipresent, and oppressive. So indisputably, we’ll leave out a couple of key tales right here or there which might be nonetheless very a lot value discussing. With that stated, let’s spill every other gallon of ink in this topic to get you the background you want to carve up your friends in that subsequent Simmons-trade crew chat debate.

“Lend a hand me permit you to” – Jerry McGuire

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards

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Joel Embiid is enjoying at MVP-candidate ranges to this point this season. Mainly, when he’s within the lineup, the Sixers are a handful at 15-8. They’re simply 3-8 with out him.

Some other folks say it might rely as a criminal offense in opposition to humanity if Dary Morey doesn’t do all he can to assist a participant this dominant win a name in his top.

However who’s to be had?

“You’ll have all of it. Simply now not suddenly.”- Oprah Winfrey

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers

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LeBron James has lengthy seemed Ben Simmons as just a little brother, and so they each percentage Wealthy Paul as an agent. So you realize LeBron and Anthony Davis (additionally with Klutch) would really like to carry on every other Klutch All-Big name in Simmons.

Liberty Baller alum Jake Fischer, now with Bleacher File, lately joined Silver Display screen and Roll’s The Anthony Irwin Display to dish the grime on a imaginable Lakers-Sixers blockbuster.

Consistent with Fischer:

“What I used to be instructed used to be that the Lakers known as Philly and so they stated ‘we’re desirous about Ben’…it used to be a brief dialog being that to get there the one wage numbers that may fit Ben Simmons’ personal dear wage is A.D. or LeBron or Russell’s….”

Fischer persevered:

“The one method actually to get there contractually is to position in Russell Westbrook. And he’s simply now not a player- the Sixers have a literal, tangible I don’t know the way lengthy it’s however it’s someplace between 24 and 30, a listing of avid gamers that they might take again for Ben Simmons….however I do know that they’ve those All-Stars that they would like and Russell Westbrook just isn’t a type of guys.”

So who’s a participant the Sixers need? Fischer named the standard suspects, Damian Lillard, James Harden, Bradley Beal, Jaylen Brown and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. SGA used to be one participant we reported the Sixers had exhibited pastime in as smartly. The Kentucky product’s identify assists in keeping doping up increasingly in recent times.

Fischer added that Westbrook isn’t in the similar “stratosphere” as Philly’s true goals. Then he added one thing we’ve heard from credible other folks like Ramona Shelburne, Zach Lowe, and Woj earlier than.

“They don’t wish to commerce [Simmons] in any respect,” stated Fischer, “like they’d love for Ben to come back again and play….I essentially consider that that’s what they would like.”

The takeaway: The Lakers don’t seem to be going to provide James or Davis and the Sixers wouldn’t even sniff Westbrook. There’s nonetheless that prevailing sentiment that the Sixers would favor Simmons to only go well with up and play till considered one of Lillard or Beal is in a position for alternate.

So the place do the Sixers stand on that time? May they in fact persuade the previous first total select to take the towel/mobile phone out of his follow sweats and hoop?

“In Northeast Ohio, not anything is given. The whole thing is earned. You’re employed for what you might have.”- LeBron James

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Cleveland Cavaliers

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Let’s soar over to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski for the following replace.

Woj lately seemed on an ESPN broadcast and presented us fans a couple of measly morsels.

Consistent with Woj:

“….I believe you’ll see the Sixers begin to reengage groups. Indubitably [Simmons] is not any nearer to agreeing to come back again to play with the Sixers this season and so they don’t have any actual traction on a commerce but….You’ll be expecting groups who’ve been engaged with Philly up to now, Indiana, Sacramento, Minnesota amongst them, however right here’s a captivating workforce to look at, the Cleveland Cavaliers…. They’e were given some in point of fact intriguing property both in a directly take care of Philly or most likely a 3 or four-team deal….”

This nugget got here earlier than the 5th position Cavs realized the soul crushing information that guard Ricky Rubio suffered a season ending knee injury.

So the Cavs have now misplaced two again courtroom avid gamers in Collin Sexton (meniscus) and Rubio (who tore this identical ACL in 2012) for the yr with knee accidents. However at 20-14, Cleveland might wish to get grasping right here and make a playoff push.

ESPN’ Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks did a deep dive on those Cleveland rumors throughout a up to date Hoop Collective pod. What would Marks be offering for Simmons if he have been operating those upstart Cavs?

Marks ventured, having recorded earlier than the Rubio information, “it’s a mix of [Collin] Sexton, [Isaac] Okoro, [Ricky] Rubio and two [first round draft picks], and I don’t know if that will get it executed.” Moments later, Windhorst who has historical past overlaying Cleveland, added “the [Cavs owner] Dan Gilbert that I do know, would opt for Ben Simmons.”

The Takeaway: The Cavs have been already in play as a touchdown spot for Simmons earlier than the Rubio information which will have to handiest build up their want to support. However they don’t appear to have the portions for a two-team deal. So until Wealthy Paul can persuade his consumer Darius Garland to call for a commerce, this is able to most probably be a multi-team deal because the injured Sexton doesn’t scratch any 2022 itches for Embiid and corporate. In the event that they’re aiming for subsequent season, they are able to attempt to entice larger fish than Sexton. Cavs large Evan Mobley seems to be so excellent that perhaps they’d view Jarrett Allen (who’s been superior) as expendable and send him to a 3rd workforce, who’d in flip give Morey the megastar he covets. That’s extra how I’d see it taking place. However there’s one thing right here. Cleveland is ripe for a dash.

“The most efficient avid gamers will play, that’s the way in which it’ll all the time be.” – Larry Chicken

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

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One participant that Fischer famous (on multiple instance) used to be on that tangible checklist is Boston Celtics’ wing Jaylen Brown. The previous Golden Endure lately appeared pissed off with teammate Al Horford’s postgame feedback. And Joel Embiid “favored” this tweet from Keith Smith:

Then Brown, coping with a hamstring factor this season, adopted up the ones disgruntled-seeming feedback via making a bit of of difficult historical past:

So what do you suppose? May Morey check out to shop for low at the Celtics wing?

Takeaway: Joel used some 3-d chess right here, “recruiting” Brown on Twitter with out making the rest particular. You’ll wager the place the massive fella stands on that matter. Zach Lowe lately speculated on a pod {that a} Boston blowup would much more likely be a summer season 2022 factor if it came about in any respect. However he did counsel we control the Celtics as an off-the-grid suitor for Simmons, as they try to maximise all in their perimeter ability.

“This ain’t the Woman Scouts. This ain’t the Boy Scouts. That is the NBA.” – Kevin Garnett

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers

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On Tuesday, The Day-to-day Six founder Derek Bodner joined host Adio Royster and I at the “Out of Sight podcast” and named the Minnesota Timberwolves as considered one of his likeliest touchdown spots for Simmons. There’s so much of perception from Bodner about this topic and others so no doubt test that pod out.

The Takeaway: The Wolves gained’t wish to come with Karl-Anthony Cities or Anthony Edwards, and the Sixers are patently now not ready to take an be offering focused round any of D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, or Taurean Prince. Like Cleveland, (or Oklahoma Town) the Wolves constitute a sound touchdown spot, however most likely now not the in all probability workforce to supply Philly the important thing participant they would like.

It will have to be famous that groups with a stretch large (just like the T-Wolves’ KAT or Indiana’s Myles Turner) in area make sense since any workforce obtaining Simmons will desire a heart who loves to identify up outdoor the paint with a view to absolutely faucet Simmons’ advent talent. Whilst the Cavs or Thunder would possibly say “let’s simply carry him in and determine the remaining out later” the Wolves or Pacers can extra rather say “this suits.”

“When one thing is necessary sufficient, you do it although the percentages don’t seem to be to your want.” – Elon Musk

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The newest Simmons subsequent workforce odds, in keeping with our pal at, Kyle Newman:

Blazers: +250

Cavs: +275

Pacers: +300

Knicks: +400

TWolves: +500

Lakers: +600

Kings: +750

Pelicans: +800

Nets: +900

Celtics: +1000

Pistons: +1200

It’s fascinating to look the Blazers and Knicks at or close to the highest of that checklist, and obviously oddsmakers were persuaded via the new Cavs smoke. Perhaps Wealthy Paul, primarily based out of Cleveland, even beneficial the town to his consumer, who is aware of? Ignoring the Nets now that Kyrie Irving is again as a part-time participant.

Present forecast:

So after scouring the internet for Simmons sound bytes, we’re most commonly again to the place we began. The groups that need Simmons essentially the most don’t have the high-end, cross assist Embiid this June All-Stars the Sixers really want. So the Sixers would a lot somewhat Ben simply play, assist them stack some wins, whilst hoping anyone on their checklist turns into to be had. The rub is that Simmons nonetheless seems nowhere close to go back and those Sixers are merely now not that excellent with out their handiest different All-Big name within the lineup.

If we had to make some form of forecast we’d most probably wager {that a} deal is going down on Feb. 7, (the times main in opposition to that Feb. tenth time limit) with Simmons touchdown somewhere like Cleveland, Minnesota, Indiana or Oklahoma. In case you stated it might be a 3 or 4 workforce deal I believe I’d like your possibilities much more. However we will be able to’t fairly rule out this pushing on in opposition to the summer season both. Who they get is the larger thriller.

The Sixers know that you’ll’t really be expecting to win a championship and not using a franchise participant (they’ve that) plus every other All-Big name. So what are the possibilities simply one of the most 24-30 dudes on their tangible checklist develop into to be had between as of late and Feb. 10? Morey, Emblem, Embiid and we enthusiasts have so much using on that specific query.

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