Philadelphia 76ers’ title ambition took a hit this season as their season culminated in the conference semifinals itself. The number one seed were ousted by underdog team Atlanta Hawks and a huge share of the blame went towards Ben Simmons.
The point guard had a dismal series and was particularly criticized for his poor shooting ability. He recorded an abysmal percentage from the free-throw line and even made a mess of the chance that could have potentially won them the game.
Following the end of the series, coach Doc Rivers questioned the Australian’s ability to be a point guard in a championship-winning team. While Simmons opted out of the Olympics to work on his skills, he might not represent the 76ers from the next season.
Initially, Doc Rivers claimed that he will work with the player to maximize his potential, but the franchise are now open to trading the former No.1 pick. The 76ers expect an All-Star calibre player in return as well.
The 76ers have a quality roster on their hands with MVP candidate Joel Embiid and the side cast of Seth Curry and Tobias Harris. What the franchise are currently looking for is a reliable No.2 to pair up against Embiid.
“The 76ers have opened up trade conversations surrounding Simmons and have engaged with teams, sources told The Athletic. Those sources also say that teams that have engaged with the 76ers about Simmons have been met with a high price threshold for the three-time All-Star.”
Several teams interested in acquiring Simmons
Despite a forgettable postseason, Simmons has built up a solid resume in his short stint so far. Right from being the Rookie Of The Year, to be a two-time All-Star player, Simmons does have a lot to offer in the NBA. The player still has four years left on his current contract.
The 76ers apparently rejected one advance for the player, but if the right trade comes along, the franchise will part ways with Simmons.
The side had rejected an offer from the Indiana Pacers. The deal included Malcolm Brogdon and a 1st round pick in the draft as well.