Pass or Pursue: Should 76ers Accept Ben Simmons Trade From Raptors?

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Philadelphia 76ers Receive: F Pascal Siakam, TOR 2023 1st Round Pick (Top-5 Protected), TOR 2024 1st Round Pick (Swap, More Favorable to PHI)
Toronto Raptors Receive: G/F Ben Simmons, G Tyrese Maxey, PHI 2023 2nd Round pick, PHI 2024 2nd Round Pick

Is Pascal Siakam the missing piece for the Philadelphia 76ers and are the Toronto Raptors even willing to give him up? Much like Ben Simmons, Toronto’s All-Star has found his name in headlines and stories all offseason long and while the Raptors have said they want to hold onto their All-Star forward, they could be willing to move him for Ben Simmons. 

During their 2019 NBA Championship run, the Toronto Raptors were led by Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard, but you cannot overlook that they probably would not have been the same team without Siakam that year.

Since winning their first championship in 2019, Siakam has only gotten better and has averaged 22.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and has shot 45.4% from the floor since then. 

Siakam is definitely an All-Star-level talent, but there are some question marks about whether or not he can be the true No. 1 option on a contending team.

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We will see this year with him being one of the “alphas” with Fred VanVleet on that squad, but this is definitely an interesting scenario for the 76ers to consider if it is on the table. 

Moving Simmons and Maxey is a lot of value to give up, but Siakam with Embiid could create a very dangerous two-way frontcourt and they would also get a fair amount of draft compensation back given Siakam’s value as well.

Pascal Siakam is a shot creator and is a very undervalued defender, which is why he could really thrive as the No. 2 option on the Sixers roster next to Joel Embiid. 

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The Sixers would need to figure things out in their backcourt with Simmons and Maxey out of the picture, but they would still have Shake Milton and Seth Curry, as well as rookie Jaden Springer who they selected 28th overall in the draft this year. 

Assuming Damian Lillard is off-the-table and no other teams are willing to list their All-Stars for the Philadelphia 76ers to bid on, this could very much be the best intriguing offer the 76ers receive for Ben Simmons. Is this truly a deal worthwhile for the Sixers though in their quest for a title? 

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