The Philadelphia 76ers still a face a standoff with NBA All-Star Ben Simmons, who initially sought to be traded by the organization prior to the start of the 2021-22 season.
Neither side has caved in and we are over a quarter of the regular season through and Simmons still finds himself not being part of the team in a regular capacity. Meanwhile, there hasn’t been much for meaningful developments on the trade front for the 76ers.
The 76ers initially had been getting by without Simmons until struggles with COVID-19 had begun — causing the likes of Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris to miss a variety of games as of late. The team is now 10-10 on the season is not in the play-in tournament bracket for seeding.
After making a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Hawks have posted an 11-10 record through 21 games so far this season. Their record has earned the No. 8 spot in the conference standings in the early going but it’s clear a big move could be of benefit.
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It’s worth questioning, would Ben Simmons be the right piece for the Hawks to pursue in a potential consolidation trade? His limitations are well-documented at this point and now there’s off-court concerns that are present, too.
Let’s take a look at an NBA trade scenario centered around Ben Simmons that would land the former Philadelphia 76ers franchise-cornerstone with the Atlanta Hawks.