If Ben Simmons won’t cost the Cavs Collin Sexton, Cleveland should pursue him.
The Cavs may have lucked out. Ben Simmons isn’t going to be in Philadelphia come this season if he can help it. The former All-Star has had a contentious relationship with the organization all offseason, who have not done a good job hiding their desire to trade the young guard. If a team is trying to trade you, I don’t think at all it’s out of line to force their hand then.
Why should you stay committed if the other party doesn’t want you? That makes no sense. That’s part of the reason why I think the Trailblazers won’t ever be asked to trade Damian Lillard. Lillard knows how much Portland wants him, and even if it means not winning titles, some things being respected and desired is the ultimate prize.
Cue the inevitable trade rumors for both men, however. Everyone is off and running, fantasy booking 76ers and Trailblazer trades involving Lillard and Simmons. The only problem is, that doesn’t seem likely. In fact, a new rumor coming out is that Simmons would be down to play in Cleveland.
The Cavs should try to swing a trade for Ben Simmons
The 76ers lost all their leverage with the report that Simmons will not report to camp and is demanding a trade. They have to trade him now. What else are they going to do, let him sit on the bench and collect a paycheck? Simmon’s isn’t Kevin Love, that idea would be foolish for the 76ers to do.
Or for Love to do, more on that in a different article.
The Cavs could probably get a trade done with Darius Garland, Kevin Love, and Dyland Windler, with a butt-load of second-round picks.
The 76ers get two young players, one who can contribute right away in Garland, a guy who can actually fit in next to Joel Embiid and not be expected to carry a team in Love, and Windler who……would be there.
Sexton should be off the table because he’s the perfect fit with Simmons; assuming Sexton shoots more threes.
Simmons should also be moved to small forward in any Cavs lineup, allowing for a Ricky Rubio, Sexton, Simmons, Lauri Markkanen, and Jarrett Allen lineup to be the team’s primary starting five. Three shooters, and two stellar defenders? Yes, please.
This would give big minutes to Evan Mobley, Isaac Okoro, and probably Cedi Osman off the bench. This expedites the rebuild and allows the Cavs to sell themselves better to veteran free agents in 2022.