May 22, 2022

Shock new contender in Simmons sweepstakes

The Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as one of many latest suitors for disgruntled NBA star Ben Simmons, who continues to be but to go well with up for the Philadelphia 76ers this season.

Groups are in a position to commerce gamers signed throughout the newest low season this week, giving the 76ers extra potential commerce companions as they try to strike a deal.

In response to Bleacher Report‘s Jake Fischer, the Lakers’ curiosity in Simmons comes as they discover trades for star guard Russell Westbrook, whose match on the group alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis has been awkward at finest.

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Nonetheless, any Lakers-Sixers deal centred round Simmons going to Los Angeles stays an extended shot on account of a lot of causes.

Westbrook’s hefty wage of $62 million would require the Sixers to throw one other participant together with Simmons into the deal to make the cash work. The Australian is owed $46 million by the Sixers for this season.

“Westbrook’s wage, outdoors of James’ and Davis’, is the one quantity on the Lakers’ books that may match Simmons’ personal lofty deal,” the B/R report learn.

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“Even then, Westbrook is just not a participant on the Sixers’ listing of hopeful returns, league sources informed B/R, and conversations with the Lakers by no means developed very far.”

In response to a report from The Athletic, the Sixers have gotten aggressive in pursuing “multi-team commerce eventualities” in an try to maneuver Simmons.

“It is clear 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has his eyes set on a possible commerce situation to ship Simmons out of Philadelphia — each time a rival group can meet his asking worth,” the report learn.

“The 76ers are presently asking groups for an All-Star-caliber participant and/or a number of first-round draft picks for Simmons, sources stated.”

The opposite groups named as being all in favour of Simmons together with the Lakers are the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Path Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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In response to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, the Sixers proceed to carry out hope that Damian Lillard requests a commerce out of Portland amid the Path Blazers’ uneven begin to the season.

Nonetheless, the Sixers have been informed by interim Portland common supervisor Joe Cronin that Lillard is just not out there in any potential deal involving Simmons.

“The Sixers have lengthy focused Lillard, who reaffirmed his need to remain in Portland across the begin of the group’s coaching camp,” the ESPN report learn.

“After the latest firing of president of basketball operations Neil Olshey, Cronin has publicly and privately stated the franchise plans to maintain constructing round Lillard.

“The Blazers have been open to discussing a deal for Simmons centered on guard CJ McCollum, however that dialog by no means gathered traction, sources stated.”

One other group with an out of doors shot of getting concerned within the Simmons sweepstakes is the Brooklyn Nets, in keeping with the Bleacher Report.

Previous to All-Star guard James Harden being dealt to Brooklyn final 12 months, Philadelphia and Houston had engaged in conversations which might have seen Simmons despatched to the Rockets.

Harden declined a contract extension with the Nets earlier this season and stays a participant of curiosity for the Sixers, whose president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, is acquainted with Harden from their time collectively in Houston.

“The potential for touchdown Harden has quietly hung over the Simmons dynamic all alongside,” the report learn.

“Philadelphia almost shipped Simmons to Houston for Harden again in January, an end result Harden was identified across the league to have welcomed.

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“If a powerful sufficient deal for Simmons by no means comes Philadelphia’s method this season, there have been ongoing whispers a few free-agency sign-and-trade for Simmons that will permit Harden to affix forces with Embiid, and rejoin Daryl Morey.”

Simmons, a three-time NBA All-Star, has three years remaining on an unique five-year, $249 million deal signed with Philadelphia again in 2019.

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