The Philadelphia 76ers are gauging the trade market of Ben Simmons after the All-Star played terribly against the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2021 playoffs. It just so happens that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green have stressed the need for the Golden State Warriors to improve the roster around them this offseason since all three champions are in their early 30s and their title window is closing.
Some NBA pundits believe the Warriors should trade for Simmons and pair him with Curry, Thompson, and Green. However, the odds of that happening are low.
Warriors reportedly unlikely to trade for Ben Simmons
According to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors are unlikely to trade for Simmons this summer. The Sixers are asking for a massive haul that includes an All-Star-level player in return for Simmons, and the Warriors aren’t willing to give up what it would take to get the point forward.
Curry and Thompson are untouchable in trade talks, while Green and Simmons share the same agent in Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Crazier things have happened in the NBA, but it’s highly doubtful Green and Simmons get traded for each other since they have the same agent.
More importantly, Simmons can’t shoot the basketball. If the Warriors are able to acquire the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year and somehow keep Green, their floor spacing would be awful despite how prolific Curry and Thompson are from beyond the arc. Golden State would have two players — Simmons and Green — who can’t stretch the floor and are offensive liabilities late in games.
For the Warriors to win another title in the Curry era, they need to forget about Simmons and do whatever it takes to get another All-Star from the Eastern Conference who could be traded this summer.
Stephen Curry and Warriors need to get Bradley Beal
As aforementioned, Curry, Thompson, and Green have made it clear to Warriors’ management that they want the franchise to focus on pursuing a championship and adding another star to the mix. According to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is the preferred target.
Any deal for Beal would have to include small forward Andrew Wiggins to make the salaries match. The Warriors would also likely need to send the Wizards both of their 2021 first-round draft picks and possibly big man James Wiseman since Beal is one of the top players in the league. He averaged 31.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 2020-21.
Golden State’s offense would be lethal if Beal were in the mix with Curry and Thompson. He’s a three-level scorer who can create his own shot off the dribble, get to the basket, and finish in heavy traffic. The three-time All-Star is a career 37.7% shooter from beyond the arc, so he would fit in perfectly with Curry and Thompson in the backcourt and make Steve Kerr’s offense more explosive and harder to prepare for.
While Simmons is a terrific passer and defender, he doesn’t fit the Warriors’ system since he doesn’t have a jump shot and is reluctant to shoot. Green basically does everything Simmons does, just not at the level of the Sixers forward.
If Beal requests a trade from the Wizards, the Warriors must find a way to acquire the sniper. Otherwise, they may not win another championship in the Curry era.
Stephen Curry could finish his career with three rings and zero Finals MVPs
Curry will officially go down as the greatest shooter in NBA history once he eventually passes Ray Allen on the all-time 3-point field goals list. He will enter the 2021-22 season 141 3-pointers behind the Hall of Famer.
Since getting drafted by the Warriors, Curry has won two MVPs and three championships. However, he has zero Finals MVPs and hasn’t been to the playoffs since Kevin Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets, although it’s worth mentioning Steph only played in five games in 2019-20.
The two-time scoring champion is a lock to make the Hall of Fame, but Curry certainly wants to win more championships and have a shot at winning a Finals MVP before he retires. With that said, the pressure is on the Warriors’ front office to acquire another star this offseason via free agency or trades.
It appears the Dubs are out on Simmons, which is the right play, so it will be interesting to see if they get Beal or someone else who can move the needle.