Ben Simmons trade news, Philadelphia 76ers, 12 teams interested in deal

Ongoing speculation surrounding Ben Simmons’ future took a significant turn on Thursday with a report up to 12 rival NBA teams would be interested in a trade for the Australian.

After he went missing in Philadelphia’s shock Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA playoffs, talk quickly turned to where Ben Simmons may be by the time the 2021-22 NBA season starts — especially after teammate Joel Embiid and coach Doc Rivers appeared to slight him after their elimination.

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The 24-year-old was told to leave Philadelphia by NBA legend Magic Johnson earlier this week, while other commentary has suggested the relationship between the team and its star point guard is broken beyond repair.

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Simmons’ shooting struggles in the playoffs, highlighted by his free-throw record of 25 from 73 attempts and his refusal to take an open dunk in the fourth quarter against Atlanta in Game 7, suggested the Sixers would be forced to entertain low-ball trade offers to cut Simmons loose.

However, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Thursday revealed there is significant interest in the No. 1 draft pick from rival teams.

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons works out. Picture: InstagramSource: Supplied

“In talking to executives around the league, there’s a lot of interest in Ben Simmons,” he said.

“If he was made available on the market today, there would be maybe up to a dozen teams would make offers.”

Simmons is still in the middle of a contract that will see him earn a further $180 million before it expires in 2025 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Senior ESPN reporter Zach Lowe reported earlier this week Simmons’ reputation has taken a real hit from the 2021 playoffs and it is all but certain that he will be traded by Philadelphia in the off-season.

“There’s no sugar-coating it — the Simmons thing is an ongoing disaster unfolding on a national stage,” Lowe said on ESPN’s Get Up.

“In the 2018 playoffs he wasn’t good enough. In the 2019 playoffs he wasn’t good enough. In 2020 he gets injured. This year he is even worse.

“The bottom line is the only time the Sixers looked like a real championship threat was when Jimmy Butler was there for that one season and they pushed Toronto to the limit in the Kawhi (Leonard) shot game. They haven’t looked that way since. Ben Simmons does a lot of great things but offensively he’s just disappeared.”

Ben Simmons hasn’t entirely forgot how to slam it down.Source: AFP

Lowe said the Sixers will be forced to take a desperate trade to get Simmons out of town and will likely get very little back in return.

“Unfortunately for the Sixers, the other 29 general managers, they all watched the playoffs,” Lowe said.

“They all saw all of this too, so they are in a really tough spot.”

Windhorst’s latest report suggests their might be just enough interest in Simmons from across the league to spark a bidding war that will see Philadelphia secure a significant return on their investment in the Aussie star.

It was speculated earlier this week there are five obvious teams where Simmons could end up.

NCA NewsWire’s Matt Logue reported San Antonio, Portland, Washington, Houston and Toronto would all be good fits for Simmons.