Following a disastrous playoff run, Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons finds himself in numerous trade rumors, as many people believe that his time in the “City of Brotherly Love” has run its course.
Simmons failed to crack double digits in scoring in the last three games of their recent playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, as the most field goals he attempted in any one of those games was six.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are several teams in on Simmons, as they “badly” want him, according to Darren Wolfson of SKOR North.
The Situation with Ben Simmons
Karl-Anthony Towns and Simmons would be a much better pairing than Simmons and Joel Embiid, as KAT gets significantly more offense from 3-point range than Embiid, especially on the catch and shoot.
Embiid, on the other hand, tends to clog the paint with his post-scoring abilities, especially on pull-up mid-range jumpers.
Simmons is more effective when he drives to the rim, so a pairing of him and Towns could be mutually beneficial for the talented young stars, as Towns’s floor spacing will allow Simmons an open lane to take advantage of and if Simmons attracts a double team on the drive, he can just use his playmaking prowess to swing it to KAT behind the arc.
Simmons would also be a great complement to KAT on the defensive end of the ball, as Simmons can guard guys 1-5 out there and force opposing players into tougher shots or driving abilities.
Towns has his flaws locking down the paint, but he has proven in the past that he can serve as an excellent help defender down there and pile up some blocks. He just needs a solid defensive group around him to prevent opposing players from driving down there with ease.
KAT will also thrive off the excellent playmaking Simmons provides out there, as KAT can cut to the rim with ease off the pick-and-roll or just find himself open behind the 3-point line and make defenders pay. If KAT finds himself open down low or in a great post-up opportunity, then Simmons can whip it down there to him as well.
Putting together a trade package may prove complicated, however. The Timberwolves almost certainly don’t want to trade Anthony Edwards whatsoever, and it remains to be seen if the Sixers would want D’Angelo Russell in return.
It’s also worth noting that D’Lo and KAT are very close friends, and given that KAT is the Timberwolves’ franchise player, Minnesota’s front office would almost certainly need Towns’s approval before trading Russell.
Malik Beasley and Ricky Rubio could be sent out to make the financials work, but the Sixers would need more than that to move Simmons.
The fit between Towns and Simmons would be undeniably great, though, so the Timberwolves should at least consider moving the first pick of the 2020 draft in order to make that tandem come to fruition.
If the Timberwolves can somehow build a team of KAT, Simmons, D’Lo, and Edwards, then it’ll be very safe to expect them to be in the thick of the playoff race out West for years to come.
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