The Philadelphia 76ers have to figure out what to do with this Ben Simmons situation. They are ready to play hardball with him, as they expect him to return to the team and play with them this NBA season.
It is something that Simmons has said will not happen. He will sit out until he is traded, even if that means skipping training camp. Philadelphia has countered that, saying they will fine him for everything that he misses, whether it is training camp, preseason games or regular-season games.
This is a staredown between both sides, and someone will have to blink eventually. More than likely, it will be the 76ers who will, eventually trading him. This is a saga that needs to come to an end sooner than later, for everyone’s sake.
Dragging this into the regular season doesn’t help either side. Simmons’ value isn’t going to improve with him away from the team. They would be better off completing a trade so that they can move on with the players that want to play for the team.
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Multiple teams have been linked to Simmons this offseason. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have been the most recent frontrunners for him. However, the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers have also been linked to him.
But, another team could emerge in the Atlanta Hawks. How would a deal for Simmons work for them? Let’s take a look at this hypothetical deal from Bleacher Report that pairs Simmons with Trae Young in their backcourt.