On the Sixers’ departure, Ben Simmons is still hoping to be traded before training camp begins. Behind the scenes, a franchise pushes to recover it… for the moment without success.
It has been confirmed for a few weeks: Ben Simmons asked its leaders to be traded. Daryl Morey was already in the idea of making him leave, since he had started discussions shortly after the end of last season. It must be said that the Australian failed playoffs frustrated the world in Pennsylvania, including some leaders.
Wanting to leave is one thing, materializing this trade is another. When we want to exchange a James Harden, a potential star, it is almost easy to find motivated teams, and therefore to find an agreement. But for Simmons, coming out of a failed campaign, it’s much more complicated.
The point of all the problems? Market value. The Sixers are convinced that Simmons remains a star, who still has several years of contract. But for interested franchises, there is no question of releasing such a consideration. The Warriors for example quickly backtracked when they saw Morey’s request. And we imagine that they are not the only ones.
In the West, this Sunday was the Wolves, who are motivated by the idea of bringing Simmons. The problem again is that demand scared some leaders. However, not totally according to journalist Jon Krawczynski, who believes that Minnesota is really the team that is growing the most in this file at the moment.
Wolves really are the most pushing team in the market to get Ben Simmons back.
But without trader Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell? Yes, it will require the involvement of a third team. From there, this deal becomes more complex, which explains why the negotiations take an enormous amount of time. Plus, doesn’t Morey want to get a young star back in the bundle? Quite possible.
Ben Simmons at Wolves? This is a possibility, since the franchise is pushing in this direction. But without giving a few advantages, it looks very complicated to conclude. Definitely, the rumors should continue for a long time at this rate, and perhaps after the start of the new season.