The latest Ben Simmons trade rumor has it that the disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers star is heading to Atlanta. The original idea was to trade Simmons for some sort of package with Hawks playmakers John Collins and Cam Reddish. Wait, there’s more to it.
Sixers President Daryl Morey may be discussing a multiplayer deal with Tobias Harris and Simmons on that midnight train to Georgia. In the latest episode of ESPN’s Hoop Collective podcast, Brian Windhorst and Marc J. Spears discussed the parameters of a Sixers Hawks trade and what they hear. Both affiliated reporters mentioned Harris’ names:
Bringing Simmons and Harris together doesn’t make sense at first glance. That’s nearly $ 80 million in salary coming off the books next year. Which team would want to inherit this massive hit? The Sixers would need a third team to start talks.
And a trade of this magnitude still wouldn’t achieve Morey’s reported goal of acquiring a superstar like Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard – unless, of course, he just is try to make room for the cap Lure James Harden to Philadelphia. Harden has a player option to exercise this summer.
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Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma came out of nowhere to mock a possible deal between Harris and Simmons. It’s unclear why Kuzma might have a problem with the Sixers. Maybe he’s mad at the organization that Andzejs Pasecniks picked two places ahead of him in the 2017 draft? Or maybe Kuzma Simmons likes to cast shadows over their ex-girlfriend Kendall Jenner?
Either way, the former runner-up took the time to share his thoughts. And they weren’t good.
Kuzma appeared to be making fun of the sizeable contracts involved in a Sixers Hawks trade. Simmons is set to pay $ 35.4 million (via Spotrac) in 2022, with an additional $ 78.2 million left over over the next two years. Harris will owe $ 37.6 million (via Spotrac) in 2022, with an additional $ 39.3 owed in 2023.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia is on the upswing where the Sixers have theirs seventh game in a row on Monday evening. It is a season high for the fifth-placed team in the Eastern Conference. You do it with MVP candidate Joel Embiid, who seems to be setting a new franchise record every night. Head coach Doc Rivers told reporters he knew the tide would turn.
“We had to do it a lot of different ways,” Rivers told The Associated Press after a 111-91 win over Houston. “Right before that streak started, I said this team was about to start rolling. You could just feel it. Our boys finally found a way to play no matter who’s on the ground. It’s also nice that our best player is playing dominant basketball at the moment. “