Now that Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has made it known that he wants out and he wants to be traded out of the City of Brotherly Love, the question now becomes where exactly will Simmons end up?
The main teams to be involved for Simmons have been the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors as those two teams have been the most persistent. There were talks of the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings getting involved, but the Warriors are unlikely to get involved while the Kings don’t want to include De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton.
In a roundtable discussion over at The Athletic, Derek Bodner brought up one team that president Daryl Morey could potentially get involved and that is the Cleveland Cavaliers:
I think Cleveland is potentially a wildcard. But I think what’s perhaps more interesting than what new teams could enter into the bidding war for Simmons is what teams Morey will be able to rope in to make it a three (or four) team deal. That could end up being the key to all teams walking away feeling comfortable with the trade.
It definitely could not be a 1-on-1 trade for the Cavaliers and the Sixers. There are some solid young pieces on Cleveland’s roster, but probably not enough to pry a young star like Simmons away. That is where the other teams would come in for Morey–who is not afraid to pull off deals with multiple teams–to get the haul that he would like for the 3-time All-Star.