The Philadelphia 76ers remain without a resolution regarding star point guard Ben Simmons‘ future. The three-time All-Star is awaiting a trade to garner a fresh start elsewhere and reignite his career. Simmons may soon have a new NBA home as the Cleveland Cavaliers are making headway toward becoming a legitimate landing spot.
Ben Simmons’ future with the 76ers remains uncertain
Simmons’s future has remained at the forefront since the 76ers’ disappointing second-round playoff exit.
The massive criticism and scrutiny have pushed the star point guard away from the team. Simmons is in the second year of his five-year, $177.2 million extension that runs through the 2024-25 campaign.
The 25-year-old hasn’t budged from his position, leaving the 76ers trying to navigate the situation while maintaining a high asking price. However, it appears a potential landing spot may be emerging.
Ben Simmons may finally have a path out of Philadelphia thanks to a rising Eastern Conference contender
The trade chatter around Simmons has picked up steam in recent weeks.
The 76ers are not any closer to moving the three-time All-Star, but teams around the league are expressing greater interest in acquiring him. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers are making headway as a potential landing spot.
“But here’s an interesting team to watch: the Cleveland Cavaliers, who before they went on this really incredible start to the season, had been engaged with Philly on Simmons,” Wojnarowski said via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “They’ve got some really intriguing assets, either in a straight deal or perhaps a three- or four-team deal. It was reported earlier J.B. Bickerstaff agreed to a new extension today through 2026-27. This is a team in Cleveland that’s just a game out of third place.”
“Philly’s a team right now, in that bunched up East, who could be out of the play-in with a couple of losses, the way it’s bunched up. So expect Philly to start talking more with teams as we get closer to that Feb. 10 deadline, and it will be interesting to see if Cleveland re-engages as a team that I think is built for long-term success with all their young players. Ben Simmons is only 25 years old; he does fit into the timeline of that team.”
The Cavaliers are one of the league’s most surprising teams, holding a 20-13 record through the first 33 games. Cleveland’s roster possesses plenty of young promising talent that could become quite appealing, especially if another team or two engages in trade talks.
The question becomes which players the Cavaliers would be willing to move as the front office doesn’t want to mess with the chemistry and balance throughout the roster. Simmons’ addition would provide a significant wrinkle as his passing and defense could be a crucial part of their ascension toward being a prominent factor in the Eastern Conference.
As the 76ers move closer to a trade, the Cavaliers will be a team to watch closely.
The 76ers hold Ben Simmons’ future in their hands
The 76ers remain headstrong on the lofty asking price to move Simmons.
Philadelphia desires multiple first-round picks along with an All-Star-caliber talent in exchange for the 25-year-old. Simmons is a proven commodity, but no team has moved toward that significant trade package.
Meanwhile, the 76ers have rejected an offer from the Portland Trail Blazers headlined by CJ McCollum. At the same time, several teams such as the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and New York Knicks remain in the background. All that has further dragged out the situation that will eventually reach the inevitable outcome.
Until Philadelphia budges on its high asking price, the team will continue to have Simmons’ future floating over the franchise.
Contract details courtesy of Spotrac.