There is a new wrinkle in the ongoing saga between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers.
One of those teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves, is still viewed as arguably the likeliest eventual landing spot for Simmons – presuming some wrinkles can be worked out.
During a recent interview John Krawczynski of The Athletic revealed where both the Sixers and Timberwolves stand in regards to a prospective deal.
“They want a premium for (Simmons),” Krawczynski said. “Someone that can help them right away. But the Timberwolves don’t want to trade Anthony Edwards or Karl-Anthony Towns. Those are those are deal-breakers. And they really would rather not trade D’Angelo Russell.”
This is a notable shift from Minnesota’s previous position, when the front office seemed pretty steadfast in a general refusal to include Russell in any trade.
A big reason the Timberwolves initially acquired Russell was because of his close ties to Towns. Has that relationship changed? Or have Russell’s off-season proclivities with his new girlfriend made things somehow different?
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Either way, Simmons looks no closer to getting dealt this week than he did last. There have been some casual murmurs about a massive 4-team deal involving the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, but it remains to be seen how viable that actually is.
At the moment, however, all signs currently point to Simmons starting the 2021-22 season as a member of the 76ers.