One story currently dominating NBA headlines is the possibility of Ben Simmons being traded by the Philadelphia 76ers. Reports claim the 76ers are looking for an "All-Star caliber player" in exchange, but that is going to be tough to pull off given Simmons' struggles in 2021.
Philadelphia has reportedly already turned down an offer including guard Malcolm Brogdon and a first-round pick from the Indiana Pacers. It is clear the team isn't going to make a deal unless it is really worth it. With that in mind, here are three all-star players the 76ers can realistically acquire in a Ben Simmons trade.
Ben Simmons Trade Targets
1. CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
While many Philadelphia fans are hoping the team can trade for superstar Damian Lillard, another Portland Trail Blazer may be a better target. CJ McCollum has yet to be named an NBA All-Star, but the eight-year pro has improved his game every season since being drafted in 2013. This deal makes a lot of sense given Simmons and McCollum have very similar salaries in the coming years ($30-35 million per year). The former Lehigh standout has the skill set needed to work well alongside star center Joel Embiid and would give the 76ers a daunting secondary offensive threat. McCollum has averaged at least 21.0 points per game and shot at least 44.3% from the field in each of the last five seasons.
2. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
Another underrated target for the 76ers would be Chicago Bulls' guard Zach LaVine. The seven-year pro made his first All-Star game appearance this past season while setting career-highs across the board. He averaged 27.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 35.1 minutes per game. LaVine's salary of $19.5 million next year means the 76ers would have to throw in another piece or two alongside Simmons, but it could be worth it. The 26-year-old has shown he still has a lot of upside and isn't done growing his game quite yet. LaVine has the athleticism to step up his defensive abilities and would fit in well with Philadelphia's core players.
3. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Veteran guard Kyle Lowry enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent after playing his last nine seasons with the Toronto Raptors. The 35-year-old averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 assists per game in 2020-21. Once rumored to be a trade target at the deadline for Philadelphia, Lowry would give the team a reliable ball handler capable of scoring or dishing out the ball. However, the 76ers do not have the cap space to sign Lowry in free agency and would likely need to complete and sign-and-trade. It's possible GM Daryl Morey views the six-time All-Star as the missing piece, which means he would have no trouble shipping Simmons to Toronto to get a deal done.
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