NBA execs believe Ben Simmons ‘could be out there’ on trade market

Why NBA officers are considering Ben Simmons ahead of trade due date initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Sixers have the very best record in the East, simply swept a three-game trip, and have an MVP prospect leading the group.

So would President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey truly consider blowing part of this up?

According to a report Thursday from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, there are at least concerns being asked by officers around the league.

Windhorst appeared on The Get on Thursday to discuss the relentless Bradley Beal trade rumblings, which the Sixers have actually been connected to more than as soon as. With Beal not imminently on the relocation, Windhorst was asked what else league officers are chattering about ahead of the March 25 due date:

“Well, Ben Simmons was offered for James Harden, so there’s a question about whether, if a star becomes available, he could be [on the move].

“And another person that executives are looking out there, since they’re unsure of his future with the company, is Zach LaVine. Now, I would inform you the Bulls, if they’re going to trade a person like Zach LaVine, who’s having a profession season, would wish to trade him for somebody like Bradley Beal. So I believe it’s not always an either-or. If a player like Bradley Beal is available, that would get Philly or Chicago interested. 

“But if you’re looking for players who possibly could be out there on the market, [Simmons and LaVine] are two names that have been mentioned by league executives.”

Very interesting, to say the least. Let’s break it down into two intriguing parts.

1. Simmons could be on the move for another star

Simmons being on the table for Harden was basically the only way Morey and the Sixers could’ve swung that deal. But Harden is a unique asset, an all-time great scorer who puts opposing defenses in pretzels every single night and would’ve turned the Sixers’ offense into an unstoppable analytics machine.

Are Beal and LaVine in the same class of asset? I would say no, so the fact that execs believe Simmons could still be on the table in those kinds of trades is very intriguing.

2. Are execs unsure of Simmons’ future in Philly?

The way Windhorst phrased his report makes me think that some execs might be asking the same “future with the organization” questions about Simmons that they’re asking about LaVine. Because he’s already been offered up, the front office and Simmons have crossed that first threshold. 

And with Embiid on a tear this season and the team making Embiid the clear No. 1 priority, where does Simmons fit into the Sixers’ long-term plans? He might be content being the No. 2 for his career… or he, or the team, could eventually look for a change or a better fit.

It’s all eyebrow-raising subtext for a Sixers season that is so far going according to plan. They’re great… but could a Simmons relocation make them even much better? Possibly we’ll see.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.