Philadelphia 76ers: Potential trade Ben Simmons to the San Antonio Spurs

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There appears to be no end in sight for the Ben Simmons trade sage surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers. Now according to Zach Lowe of ESPN (subscription needed), the San Antonio Spurs are yet another team that appears to have some level of interest in the All-Star playmaker.

It’s not all surprising that the Spurs are looking to add a player of Simmons’ talents. Since Kawhi Leonard forced his way out of San Antonio, the Spurs have struggled in rebuilding and having DeMar DeRozan as their best player.

DeRozan is now with the Chicago Bulls and the Spurs don’t have a clear face of the franchise next season. Getting a player like Simmons would save them from years of agonizing rebuilding. However, the question is what can they offer the Sixers?

What can the Philadelphia 76ers get in a Simmons trade to the Spurs?

The hypothetical trade below only happens if Simmons’ value on the trade value continues to drop and he becomes a problem in the locker room. Otherwise, it’s more than likely that Philly can get more from another team in the deal.

It’s not an ideal return for the three-time All-Star as in this deal the Sixers would get three great young players in Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, and Lonnie Walker Jr. They have the potential to be starters and/or good roles players, but none of them have All-Star potential. They also get multiple first round picks and pick swaps.

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The Spurs get Simmons and Shake Milton in this deal. Milton was included to help open up an extra roster spot for the three players coming in. This isn’t an ideal haul for one of the best defenders in the NBA, but as this drama between the Sixers and Simmons continues, it could cause his value to continue to plummet.

The Philadelphia 76ers should make the right move and trade him before his value drops too much. Otherwise, they might have to settle for a deal with a team like the Spurs who don’t have a legit All-Star or player with that potential on their roster to send back in return.

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