Ben Simmons trade rumors flooded the internet over the past couple of hours, as the Australian star is reportedly looking forward to a fresh start elsewhere. Simmons allegedly told the Philadelphia 76ers that he has no intention to report to training camp. From a Ben Simmons three team trade to straight up deals, speculation is rife.
Needless to say, that puts Daryl Morey in a bit of a predicament, as his trade value continues to drop by the minute. Moreover, given his big contract, all Simmons’s trade ideas are kind of complicated.
Assuming a team needs him and wants him, the most likely way anybody could get him is by involving a third party into the equation.
But, what is the best Ben Simmons three-team trade any of their rivals could come up with?
What teams would benefit the most from facilitating Simmons’ exit to another franchise? Let’s break it down:
Ben Simmons three-team trade ideas
When it comes to Simmons’ trade rumors, you have to take everything with a grain of salt. He’s got Defensive Player of the Year potential and is one of the best playmakers in the world. So, how come nobody wants him right now?
In reality, all teams would love to have a player like Simmons on their ranks, even with his shooting woes. But, his youth and his contract forced the Sixers to raise the bar for his price, something no other team is willing to meet because it’s obvious that both parties want to move on from each other.
So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at the 3 best Ben Simmons three team trade ideas floating the internet right now:
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly the team most interested in trading for Ben Simmons. They feel like adding him next to Anthony Edwards, and Karl-Anthony Towns could boost their chances of making a deep run in the West.
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) September 1, 2021
Nonetheless, the Timberwolves just can’t trade for Simmons straight up. For that to happen, they’d have to send D’Angelo Russell to the Philadelphia 76ers along with at least one pick. Also, they would have to involve Patrick Beverley, Jaden McDaniels, and Malik Beasley as well.
The Golden State Warriors were reportedly quite interested in trading for Simmons. Nonetheless, a recent report claims that they’re on the fence regarding the fit next to Draymond Green. Truth be told, they could just slide him to the center spot and he’d be a massive upgrade over both James Wiseman and Kevon Looney.
Teams possibly interested in Ben Simmons and their assets:
T-Wolves: Russell, Beasley, McDaniels, Draft picks
Kings: Hield, Bagley, Barnes, Haliburton, Draft picks
Raptors: Siakam, Anunoby, Dragic
Warriors: Wiseman, Wiggins, Draft Picks
Clippers: Bledsoe, Morris, Batum
— Brett Siegel (@BrettSiegelNBA) August 31, 2021
But, even if the Warriors could trade for him straight up, it would make more sense for them to add even more firepower. For that purpose, they could involve the Indiana Pacers. That way, the Pacers would get James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, and Moses Moody, the Sixers would get Malcolm Brogdon, Jonathan Kuminga, T.J. Warren, 2026 first-round pick (via Warriors), 2028 first-round pick (via Warriors), and the Dubs would get Simmons and Justin Holiday.
Among all of the Ben Simmons three-team trade proposals, the Sacramento Kings might as well have the best of them.
The most recent Sixers trade rumors and beat writers point that Simmons would be open to playing for the Kings but that Philadelphia would only consider moving him in return for De’Aaron Fox and/or Tyrese Haliburton.
Bringing the third team in could soothe the deal for everybody involved and the Kings could still get to keep their young studs.
In this proposal, the Sixers could get Goran Dragic, Buddy Hield, two 1st-round picks, and two 2nd-round picks. The Kings would land Ben Simmons, and the Toronto Raptors would get Marvin Bagley III, and Furkan Korkmaz. Nonetheless, this trade would have to wait until December 15, as Korkmaz just signed a new contract.