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3 Most Likely Trade Destinations for Ben Simmons

Devon Platana
A look at the three most likely trade destinations for Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons.
A look at the three most likely trade destinations for Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Despite constantly being hyped in the past as one of the brighter young talents in the NBA, point guard Ben Simmons was essentially a no-show for the Philadelphia 76ers in their second round series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Simmons failed to record double-digit point totals in his final three games of the series, making 6 fields goals on a disappointingly low 14 attempts. That's just not the kind of production needed from a $177 million point guard.

Keeping that in mind, Simmons' poor playoff performance could have sealed his fate as a 76er. Here's three of the most likely trade destinations for Simmons this offseason.

Ben Simmons Trade Rumors

1. Portland Trail Blazers

After being eliminated in the first round for the fourth time in five seasons, the Portland Trail Blazers are looking to shake things up this offseason. Terry Stotts is out as the head coach and there have been rumors that C.J. McCollum could be on the move. If that's the case, a deal between the Trail Blazers and 76ers would be a smart move. On one hand, Philadelphia would get McCollum, a guard that isn't afraid to shoot the ball judging by his 23.1 points and 18.8 field goal attempts per game in the 2020-21 NBA season. On the other hand, Damian Lillard is the No. 1 option in Portland, so there wouldn't be as much pressure on Simmons to score as much. Yes, he'd have to play better than he did this postseason, but his strength is also defense, a Lillard-led backcourt use. Portland also allowed 114.8 PPG last season (23rd), which is less than ideal for a team looking to be Western Conference contenders. At the end of the day, the Trail Blazers get defense and the 76ers get offense. It's a win-win deal.

2. Toronto Raptors

Earlier in the 2020-21 NBA season, the 76ers were rumored to be one of the favored landing spots if Toronto Raptors PG Kyle Lowry was traded. However, Philadelphia didn't want to pay the asking price. Now, the 76ers could circle back to him in a sign-and-trade situation involving Simmons. The Raptors are embracing a youth movement going forward and the 35-year-old Lowry may not want to stay through the growing pains. Considering his championship DNA and the fact that he's a better shooter than Simmons, Toronto could sign Lowry and trade him to his hometown 76ers. In return, the Raptors will get Simmons, who fits the age range of their core much better at just 24 years old.

3. San Antonio Spurs

Sometimes, players succeed the most when they're in a system that plays to their strengths. Considering how Simmons is a good defender, it may benefit him to be traded to the defensive-minded San Antonio Spurs. Head coach Gregg Popovich is one of the best coaches of all time and could help rehabilitate Simmons' career. After all, Popovich helped DeMar DeRozan become a better shooter after he arrived in San Antonio. Since joining the Spurs, the ex-Raptor has shot 50.1% from the field, which is a significant improvement from his percentage in Toronto (44.8%). Speaking of DeRozan, he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. If he wants to play for a contender and leave San Antonio, the Spurs could sign and trade him from Simmons. That way DeRozan gets to play for a contender in Philadelphia while Simmons has a chance to turn his career around in a system that could work better for him.

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