The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly turned down a Ben Simmons trade offer by the Indiana Pacers
Indiana was said to have offered Malcolm Brogdon and a first round pick for Simmons.
Philadelphia is reportedly eyeing a “superstar point guard” in exchange for the Aussie guard.
The Philadelphia 76ers are in the process of figuring out what to do with their roster after another playoff failure.
Philly coming up short in the playoffs is nothing new. But this season, it was a much tougher pill to swallow. The Sixers had the best record in the East and home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference leg of the postseason.
Although it was the team that failed, a lot of the blame has been put on Ben Simmons and his inability to perform during the Hawks series. Simmons’ free throw woes were the worst ever and his reluctance to take shots in the fourth quarter were among the major factors why the Sixers were ousted by the 5th seeded Hawks.
Since then, the Sixers have been involved in a lot of rumors, with much of the stories centering on a trade involving Ben Simmons. One of those latest reports on Simmons is that the Sixers have rejected a trade offer from the Indiana Pacers where the latter offered former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and a first round pick for Simmons.
Philly Rejects Brogdon
76ers reportedly rejected a trade of Pacers’ Malcolm Brogdon and first-rounder for Ben Simmons, per @JDumasReports pic.twitter.com/TcUMr9fGjv
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 2, 2021
This isn’t the first time that the Sixers may have put the price too high on Simmons. When James Harden was still being shopped by the Rockets, the Sixers were one of their potential trade partners. But Houston asked for Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, and three first round picks. The Sixers countered with Simmons and Matisse Thybulle instead. The Rockets never called back and Harden was later sent to Brooklyn.
Although Harden struggled in the last couple of games in the postseason after being sidelined with a hamstring injury, he had a fantastic run in Brooklyn and showed the world that he can dominate without being the NBA’s leading scorer. Imagine what a tandem of Harden, Joel Embiid, and Tobias Harris could’ve done in Philly. But that’s water under the bridge now.
As for Brogdon, the guy is coming off his best season ever in the NBA. Although he played in only 56 regular season games, Brogdon averaged 21.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game while making 2.6 three point baskets per game at a 38.8% accuracy rate.
More importantly, the Sixers could’ve counted on Brogdon to take the big shots down the stretch because he has a career 46.6/38.6/88.7 shooting split. According to NBA.com, Brogdon led the Pacers in total points in the clutch with 74 during the regular season. Now that’s a guy the Sixers need badly on their team. However, it looks like Philly wants more for Simmons.
Sixers Eyeing Lillard?
Where will Ben Simmons play next? pic.twitter.com/PkSfVibExp
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) June 22, 2021
There are rumors floating around that the Sixers are shooting for the moon and hoping to trade for Portland Trail Blazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard. The story is that Lillard may want out of Portland after he was criticized for his public endorsement of Chauncey Billups and the Sixers want a superstar point guard in exchange for Simmons.
A one-one-one trade between Lillard and Simmons would work, that is if we talk about matching salaries. But Lillard may not be even available in a trade and even if he were, he is a franchise player so Portland would be asking to get a similar player in return. Simmons is no franchise player.
Interestingly, the Blazers are the current +200 odds on favorite to land Ben Simmons in a trade. But presumably, the online sportsbook BetOnline put the Blazers in that spot not because of Lillard but most probably for Lillard’s backcourt partner C.J. McCollum. If the Blazers are going to break up their backcourt, it’s got to be McCollum that leaves, not Dame. But then again, are the Blazers willing to give up McCollum for a talented but limited player likes Simmons? Maybe, but they could ask for draft picks too. If that’s the case, we go back to the Sixers probably agreeing to the Rockets’ demand for Harden.
It’s going to be a long offseason for the Sixers, and Simmons. Tough decisions are going to made on how this team will move forward with their championship aspirations. Joel Embiid’s clock continues to tick and given his injury history, the time to win is now. Clearly, the Sixers aren’t sure if Simmons if the guy that helps Embiid get them there. However, they need to be realistic on what Simmons’ true worth is.