Ben Simmons Rumor Mill: A Team Has Pulled Out of the Sweepstakes
With the Tokyo Olympics officially underway, another update to the Ben Simmons trade saga has also broke into headlines. Recently as Simmons spends time moving into his super mansion and finally posting his inaugural off-season “in the gym working on my craft” Instagram post, many teams have been linked to the 25-year-old. The suitors included teams like the Pacers, Cavaliers, Kings, and Warriors. Though one of those teams seems to have withdrawn their bid.
Per Connor Letourneau, the Warriors will not peruse a trade for the 3x All-Star any longer, citing the price for Ben Simmons being too steep. Currently the asking price for Simmons seems to be “an All-Star caliber player,” a price Golden State doesn’t want to pay.
While Simmons will forever be remembered for his terrible performance against the Hawks, with the image of Ben passing up an open layup forever enshrined in Philly sports fans minds, the asking price from the Sixers is justified. Simmons is still an elite defensive asset, and has a great ability to facilitate offense for his teammates. Whether he’ll ever find a reliable shot from the field or even the stripe may never be answered, but Ben Simmons’ defense and facilitation is what made him an All-Star the past three years. In short, I still believe the Sixers asking price is reasonable.
When shifting perspective to the Warriors side, it becomes clear why Golden State pulled out of the Ben Simmons Sweepstakes. If Philly is looking for an All-Star caliber player in return for Simmons, there are only three players the Warriors could even offer. Steph Curry is a top five player in the association currently, and would easily qualify for the Sixers asking price. In fact, I’m positive Daryl Morey would have to throw in much more to even land the two-time MVP. The Warriors are obviously not going to trade their franchise’s best player all time though.
Klay Thompson is an interesting piece though. Not only does Thompson compliment the Sixers beautifully with his shooting ability, but his defense is often underappreciated as well. Thompson is a bit of an unknown coming off a torn ACL two years ago and an Achilles tear that knocked him out of last season. Who knows if Klay will ever look the same after missing back-to-back seasons. Regardless, the Warriors aren’t interested in shopping the 31-year-old either.
That leaves their final All-Star caliber player, Draymond Green. Green is interesting, because he is probably the closest player to Ben Simmons in the league in my opinion. Not known for his scoring, but impacts the game at an elite level facilitating, rebounding, and on the defensive end. That is what has made Draymond Green so successful. What takes him to the next level is a decent jump-shot, and no hesitation to take free buckets given to him. Trading Green for Simmons though, makes little sense for the Warriors unless they expect Green to regress due to his aging body.
When looking at the Warriors side of things, it makes sense why Golden State isn’t willing to trade for Ben Simmons. With the NBA draft fast approaching, it is time for Sixers fans attention to come off Simmons for a bit, as there likely won’t be any sort of deal with the draft so close and many players overseas participating in the Olympics.
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