Golden State Warriors publicly deny interest in Ben Simmons
Despite his wishes to play in California, it looks like none of the state’s four teams have any interest in acquiring disgruntled 76ers star Ben Simmons. Yesterday, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob discussed the ongoing situation and why it isn’t an ideal fit for his team.
To avoid a tampering fine, Lacob did not refer to Ben Simmons by name but instead “The Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Philadelphia.”
“In some ways, it doesn’t really fit what we’re doing. He makes a lot of money. And, can he finish games? I don’t know. He’s very talented. The problem is: We have Draymond. Draymond and him are very similar in the sense that neither one really shoots, and they do a lot of the playmaking. That’s one issue. The salary structure is another.”
The situation with Draymond Green was a significant issue that many brought up. Between the fit between the two when sharing the court or if there would be any improvement if they sent Green for Simmons.
When trades first circulated, the Warriors were one of several teams interested but have since backed off after Daryl Morey proposed a package of James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, the 7th and 14th picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, and two future firsts. Even after yesterday’s report, the 76ers have remained hopeful they can convince Ben Simmons to return to the team this season.
After seeing Ben Simmons having the gall to request to be traded specifically to California when he has zero leverage and then be denied by all four teams is hilarious. Also, why does Simmons think the 76ers will respect his wishes in a trade when he refuses to ever do anything with the team with four years remaining on his contract?
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