Ben Simmons was an unmitigated disaster throughout the Philadelphia 76ers’ disappointing postseason run this year.
The 24-year-old shot 33 percent from the free throw line against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semis – down from the 34.2 percent he had been shooting in the playoffs up to that point.
All in all, Simmons posted the worst free throw percentage in NBA playoff history for a player with at least 70 attempts.
This culminated in him being absolutely terrified of touching the ball in virtually any offensive scheme past the halfcourt line – making life significantly more difficult for his teammates.
Naturally, once Philly’s year ended, trade rumors began to circulate.
According to Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report, the Sixers have settled on an asking price for Simmons – and it’s steep.
“The Sixers have already fielded offers for Ben Simmons but continue to hold a stance that they will only trade him for an all-star caliber player,” he wrote.
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“They most recently turned down a deal with the Pacers that included Malcolm Brogdon and a 1st round pick.”
Philly has made its short-term plan for Simmons fairly clear. There has been chatter of an absolutely massive trade involving the Golden State Warriors, but it remains to be seen if that’ll ultimately come to fruition.
One way or another, this promises to be a hectic summer for both the Sixers and Simmons. Will it end in a deal of some sort? Time will tell.