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Are The 76ers Trading Ben Simmons For LaMelo Ball?

Are The 76ers Trading Ben Simmons For LaMelo Ball?

Within 24 hours of losing his job as the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers was on a plane to Philly. One day later, it was announced that he would become the next head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Although the dollar value of Rivers’ deal is still up in the air, it will reportedly be a five-year contract.

Just like that, general manager Elton Brand replaced Brett Brown with arguably the biggest name available on the market.

So what comes next?

According to former professional basketball player Rashad Phillips, next Philly will trade away Ben Simmons to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Naturally, NBA Twitter had some responses to that suggestion.

Simmons’ partnership with Joel Embiid has obviously not produced the sort of results the Sixers’ front office was hoping for. That said, the two players are still extremely young. Blowing up the team in favor of an admittedly alluring, but completely unproven talent in Ball would be a risky move.

This past season Simmons played out his four-year, $26 million dollar deal that paid him $8.1 million in 2019-20.

Now the 24-year-old is on a contract that will pay him $179 million over the next five years.

When you are paying someone an annual average of $35 million, there are certain accompanying expectations.

If the Sixers truly feel like Simmons cannot live up to them, then trading him away may make sense. But if there is any doubt whatsoever, then all involved would be wise to take a deep breath and see how things go under Rivers this season before making any dramatic changes.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.

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