After being linked to a potential trade for James Harden at the beginning of 2021, struggling mightily in last year’s postseason, asking for a trade, and refusing to report to training camp and the preseason, Simmons has finally returned to the franchise for a possible reconciliation.
Simmons arrived in Philly on October 11, but his status with the team is still unknown. If his practicing with a cell phone in his pocket says anything, it seems he’s determined to bounce from the City of Brotherly Love, but the team will only accept an offer that is worthy of their standout player. That’s hard to find.
The No. 1 2016 Draft pick averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 58 games last season. He’s a two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team player, racked up four triple-doubles last season, and ranked seventh in the league in steals, averaging 1.6 per game. With what looks like a messy situation in Sixers camp, it only makes sense odds are on the table for a change of scenery.
The Kings are now the favorites to land Simmons at +275 odds, with the Timberwolves close behind (+400). Next are the Warriors (+550), then the Trail Blazers (+900), Spurs (+1200) and finally, the Wizards (+1900)
The Kings could be a solid spot for Simmons to thrive offensively, but the franchise would likely have to part with one of their most-prized hoopers, De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton. We have our doubts Sacramento would let either go in this deal
Instead, Simmons seems like a match made in heaven alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards in Minnesota. This trio could make some noise all the way to the 2021 postseason
Meanwhile, the 76ers could acquire a scoring and facilitating threat in D’Angelo Russell to fill Simmons’ shoes along with draft capital to make additional moves later in the season.
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