Sixers Off-Season Rumor Round-Up #1: Who’s Calling About Ben Simmons?
The off-season, a blissful time for some fanbases, and a stressful one for Sixers fans. Even with the NBA playoffs still in full swing, reports and rumors about the Sixers off-season plans have begun. So, with a couple of new and interesting clues to what’s going on inside the mind of Daryl Morey, let’s talk some Sixers rumors.
The Team Infatuated With Trading for Ben Simmons Is…. the Timberwolves?
What a curveball right? Recently a couple of credible sources in the Twitter-sphere have stated that the Minnesota Timberwolves are very interested in trading for Ben Simmons if he is available. While I do believe the latter half of that statement is true, there is no package the T-Wolves could throw me right now for Ben Simmons. The likely untouchables on Minnesota’s roster would be Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, which really just leaves DeAngelo Russel and draft picks.
While I am higher than most on DeAngelo “Ice in His Veins” Russel, he isn’t worth Ben Simmons no matter how low his stock is currently. On top of that, the last thing a win now team like the Sixers needs is draft capital, even if they could be lucrative picks coming from a very bad Timberwolves squad. Minnesota can be as “in love” with Ben Simmons as they want, you can take solace in the fact there won’t be deal between these two teams anytime soon.
Another Off-Season, Another Ben Simmons to the Warriors Link.
This has become a yearly ritual. I’ve heard the argument over and over again about how both teams could help each other out. Ben Simmons would add much needed size, defense, and facilitation to the Warriors. Klay Thompson is the perfect fix to a ton of the Sixers offensive woes. It isn’t going to happen people. For starters there is no world in which the Warriors trade Klay Thompson, and a Steph Curry trade isn’t even in the same galaxy. Those are the only two guys I could see the Sixers parting with Ben Simmons for.
The latest rumor tying the Sixers and Warriors revolves around the 7th overall pick in this year’s draft held by the Warriors. While it is a lottery pick, for the love of god, stop linking the Sixers to trading for draft picks. Win now teams are usually looking to shed draft capital to bolster a team, not the other way around. This one, like the T-Wolves rumor, has little if not zero weight to it, so pay it no attention.
Mandatory Credit: Drew Heater Per Usual.