Ben Simmons situation is pretty complex! His relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers has deteriorated to the point of no return as Simmons reportedly wants to be traded to a team in California.
The President of basketball operations for the 76ers, Daryl Morey, had spoken to the Golden State Warriors on numerous occasions as a possible trade partner; however, the asking price is something that one wouldn’t be able to pull off in a video game. The Golden States hung up the phone when Morey asked for Klay Thompson in exchange for Simmons.
To make matters worse, Simmons is choosing to pay $227,000 per day rather than going to training camp. It only seems like a matter of time until Simmons gets dealt to a team that is willing to take his contract and build around him. The total could be around $1.2 million when training camp comes to an end.
Ben Simmons Situation Was Bound to Happen
Ben Simmons had a horrible playoff run last season, but he is one of the best defenders in the league. For years, many executives around the league believed that the day would come where the 76ers’ organization had to choose whether to build around Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons. The All-Star duo made the best out of the situation, but it was never an ideal fit on paper.
Simmons was unable to fit in Doc Rivers’ system with the inability to shoot, space the floor, and not being much of a threat at the free-throw line. Giving Embiid a massive of four years and
$196 million was the sign to what direction the team wants to go moving forward. Embiid is also a great defender and has the willingness to space the floor to allow his team or himself to score on offense.
The 76ers are in a win-now mode which makes sense as to why the organization wants an All-Star player in return to pair up with Embiid. The team was rumored to be interested in both Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal. However, both stars are focused on building a culture on the Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards respectively.
Things could change with Damian Lillard as the Trail Blazers if the 76ers are willing to wait as the team underwhelmed in free agency or failed to explore a trade to surround the tough backcourt duo of Lillard and CJ McCollum.
How a Simmons Trade Changes the Team’s Culture
Philadelphia may benefit offensively by dealing Simmons in most trade scenarios but will take a major hit defensively. Simmons finished second behind Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert; however, he can be viewed as the most versatile defender in the league as he can guard positions one through five.
Assuming Tyrese Maxey who played when Simmons was on the bench in key situations and Matisse Thybulle who is an All-NBA defender as he led the Olympics with the most steals stay with the team.the 76ers may be able to build a strong young core for the future as Embiid is signed through the 2026-27 NBA season.
The only way Ben Simmons ends up in California seems to be via the Golden State Warriors because the trade talks between the Sacramento Kings reach an impasse as the Kings are adamant about keeping franchise point guard De’Aaron Fox and rising star Tyrese Haliburton.
The only way both teams reach a deal is if the Kings are willing to add hefty draft compensations along with Buddy Hield and young player Marvin Bagley III who may benefit with a change of scenery.
Golden State has a couple of young prospects they may explore in trades to bring in another star. The Warriors will have to include Andrew Wiggins in an effort to match the salaries.
The Warriors also have three players that were selected in the lottery in the last two drafts. A combination of James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody along with Wiggins may be the best trade package the Philadelphia 76ers will ever get for Ben Simmons.
It would be tough to fully determine how a trade would impact the team’s culture, but parting ways would be the course of action for both parties.