As the 2021-22 season inches closer, the Philadelphia 76ers sit with an unresolved matter regarding All-Star point guard Ben Simmons. The star point guard wants out, but the 76ers are holding firm on landing a significant trade haul in return. It’s led the franchise to eyeball one dream trade scenario to finally move on from Simmons.
Ben Simmons’ drama continues in Philadephia
Since the 76ers fell to another disappointing playoff exit, the scrutiny remains on Simmons’ future.
The star point guard struggled in the postseason, especially in the second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. Simmons became an offensive non-factor, where he scored only 12 points on three total shot attempts in the fourth quarter over the seven games.
He shouldered most of the blame for the 76ers’ playoff shortcomings. Head coach Doc Rivers piled on by questioning whether the 25-year-old can lead a championship-caliber team.
It all guided the situation toward the 76ers exploring the trade market, where several teams expressed interest. However, Philadelphia sits firmly on wanting a lucrative offer in exchange for the All-Star point guard, eyeing one dream scenario.
76ers are ‘waiting on a prayer’ for the dream trade for Ben Simmons
As Simmons remains away from the 76ers, it leaves a big question mark over his long-term future.
The organization continues to push to have the three-time All-Star back with the team. However, the franchise is monitoring the trade market in hopes of securing a lucrative offer. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, general manager Daryl Morey remains firm on the high expectations for any return on a deal for Simmons while eyeballing one dream scenario.
“You’re waiting on a prayer,” the source said of the Lillard scenario.
Over the last couple of months, the rumor mill around Damian Lillard has quieted. Lillard hasn’t pushed for a move or indicated that he wants out of Portland.
Instead, he’s doubled down on his commitment to the franchise.
However, the lingering belief is that he will eventually entertain leaving elsewhere if the Trail Blazers remain on the same path toward falling well short of competing for an NBA title. Lillard is in the first year of his four-year, $176.2 million extension that holds a $48.7 million player option for the 2024-25 campaign.
The 31-year-old controls his fate as the franchise sits committed to building the team around him. Meanwhile, the 76ers are hoping that the star point guard will bend toward wanting out, making a deal for Simmons an appealing scenario. Time will tell, but that ideal situation may never unfold for Morey and the 76ers.
76ers are moving to an evitable fate
The writing has been on the wall, but the 76ers are dragging out the matter.
Philadelphia is fixated on landing a lucrative trade offer for Simmons instead of working with the packages currently presented. None of which are up to Morey’s standards, as he wants an All-Star talent in return.
Simmons’ league value remains low due to his porous showing in the playoffs, while his limited offensive skill set hasn’t helped. The 25-year-old’s unwillingness to return to the team is also a significant factor.
Recent chatter suggests that Simmons and the 76ers are progressing toward a return before the start of the 2021-22 season. Regardless of if Simmons comes back, the two sides have a fractured relationship leading toward the inevitable fate of a trade. It’s a matter of time before he has a new NBA home to reignite his NBA career.
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