The Philadelphia 76ers might be more well-equipped for a title run than the Toronto Raptors on paper, but the Sixers have been saddled with some misfortune after star point guard Ben Simmons has reportedly requested a trade. While it’s easy to crack jokes about his inability to shoot, Simmons is still a top-flight point guard.
Despite his unique blend of size and speed in addition to his defensive skills, Simmons was criticized by head coach Doc Rivers and anyone with a functioning brain for some poor performances in a playoff series against the Hawks. Both parties appear to be headed for divorce due to their irreconcilable differences.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Simmons’ camp has told the front office that he isn’t willing to help rebuild his trade value, claiming that it’s on the organization to get good value for him.
Toronto might not be in line for as many victories as Philly next season, but they should be relishing in the fact that this saga is weighing heavily on the 76ers and their momentum.
One of three things is going to happen. Either Simmons will sit out, he’ll play in a lineup fraught with chemistry issues, or he’ll get traded for pennies on the dollar. All three are good options for Toronto.
Ben Simmons’ trade talk is good news for the Toronto Raptors.
Both Simmons and Morey have made missteps. Simmons has reportedly been eyeing a trade to teams in California, one of which is Sacramento, which wouldn’t be a desirable landing spot, and three of which (Warriors, Clippers, Lakers) lack the financial flexibility to add him.
The best course of action would’ve been to package him for a superstar like Damian Lillard before he announced he’s running it back in Portland. Instead, Morey has tried to gouge opposing teams, including the Raptors, with some ridiculous offers for a player of Simmons’ caliber. A trade doesn’t look likely anytime soon.
Aren’t we glad the Raptors don’t have a trade request completely demolishing team chemistry?
Simmons is not a bad player. He’s one of the best defenders in the game today. However, his trade value has never been lower, as both player and team have made it increasingly difficult to facilitate a trade, and that could weigh heavily on Philadelphia’s success this season.
Barring a sudden change of heart where Simmons switches on a dime and starts playing with his running mates in Philly, the 76ers will either have to deal with their No. 1 overall pick holding out and getting them nothing in return or trading him away early for less than market value. The Raptors should be thrilled with this development.