The Philadelphia 76ers have been attempting to trade Ben Simmons since this past summer.
And that asking price is so hefty that, when the Golden State Warriors were presented with it, they straight up hung up the phone.
The massive disparity between what the Sixers want for Simmons and what they were offered for him resulted in a lack of progress on the trade front.
Apparently, a new favorite to claim Simmons has surfaced: the Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers have emerged as a very serious suitor for Simmons’ services.
“You know Ben Simmons in Philadelphia, I think you’ll see the Sixers start to reengage teams,” he said.
“Certainly he is no closer to agreeing to come back to play with the Sixers this season and they don’t have any real traction on a trade yet. Trade deadline is February 10 and you can expect teams who’ve been engaged with Philly previously Indiana, Sacramento, Minnesota among them, but here’s an interesting thing to watch — the Cleveland Cavaliers, who before they went on this really incredible start to the season had been engaged with Philly on Simmons.
“They’ve got some really intriguing assets either in a straight deal with Philly or perhaps a three or four team deal and we reported earlier J.B. Bickerstaff agreed to a new extension today through ’26-’27, but this is a team in Cleveland that’s just a game out of third place.”
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Simmons has one team he would prefer to be traded to, but what he wants isn’t much of a priority for anyone right now. He is reportedly bleeding money, Philly is tired of the dramatics and everyone just wants to move on.
Will the Cavaliers ultimately be able to get something done and put everyone out of their misery? Time will tell.