The Philadelphia 76ers have started the season 3-2, good for 8th place in the East. Given that this group originally had championship aspirations over the summer, clearly that’s not the beginning to the year that anyone was hoping for.
Part of the reason for this early stumble has been the feud between Ben Simmons and the organization. He wants out. The front office won’t trade him until its desired asking price is met.
Thus, all parties involved are locked in a stalemate.
Philly opting to coerce Simmons’ return via significant financial pressure didn’t help the relationship any.
Clearly a trade is necessary.
This week, NBA insider Evan Massey reported that there is one specific team Simmons has his eye on landing with. That team? The Golden State Warriors.
“According to one league source, Simmons would still prefer to be traded,” Massey reported. “His preferred destination if a trade does occur is the Warriors, who he believes would be a perfect fit for the next chapter of his career.”
Essentially, Simmons is under the impression that he could provide a more youthful version of what Draymond Green currently does.
You will recall, this isn’t the first time the topic of Simmons-to-Golden State has arisen. Stephen Curry weighed in on it briefly before the new season began, and the front office offered a fairly blunt assessment of the prospective deal around that time as well.
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It is worth remembering that the last time the Warriors and Sixers spoke regarding this deal, Golden State straight up hung up the phone. The asking price was simply too high.
Clearly Philly has one specific trade they want to make. But at the moment, it’s simply not coming together. The Warriors could be a legit Plan B – provided the Sixers are willing to compromise.
Are they? Time will tell.
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