This Ben Simmons trade is quite outrageous
Ben Simmons has been involved in plenty of trade talk over the offseason and with Simmons allegedly saying he won’t report to camp, it seems he’s forcing the 76ers hand. With him now demanding a trade, it’d be fair to say that the 76ers have no more ground to demand the huge price that 76ers GM Elton Brand and President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey had been demanding.
Now we get to talk about all the possibilities a move of this magnitude looks like before the trade is actually complete. There’s going to be a slew of Simmons-to-X-team trade articles, we can promise you that.
That also means getting to talk about said trade articles. This one comes from Brad Botkin of CBS Sports. In his trade package, he has the Cavs, 76ers, Rockets, and Lakers involved in a trade. However, our trade widget can only feature three teams, so you won’t see the Lakers involved, but they’re there.
Here’s what all four teams are getting in this trade.
"Cavs: Ben Simmons76ers: Ricky Rubio, Collin Sexton, Christian Wood, 2024 CLE first-round pickRockets: Talen Horton-Tucker, Isaac Okoro, 2022 CLE first-round pickLakers: Seth Curry"
This is Ben Simmons trade is a bad idea for the Cavs
Firstly, the Cavs aren’t giving up Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro and two first-round draft picks for Ben Simmons. If they’re not doing it for the 76ers, they sure as heck aren’t doing it to help the Lakers and Rockets.
This is way too much movement for one guy who isn’t going to be showing up to camp. They may have had a shot to get it before everyone knew they were trying to trade him but the minute it became clear that they were, they lost some ability to negotiate.
Then when Simmons (allegedly) said he wasn’t going to play for the 76ers again, they lost all their ability.
Now it’s really down to a fraction of what is proposed. A far more realistic trade package from the Cavs would be Okoro, Darius Garland, and a couple of second-rounders. To expect that the 76ers would be able to land Rubio, Sexton and the Rocket’s Wood for a guy who won’t show up to play for them anymore is outlandish.
But, that said, Let’s see how outlandish this gets. Where ever Simmons goes next, it’s going to be interesting and chaotic. Who doesn’t love a little bit of chaos?