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The Ben Simmons trade talk is heating up. Marc Stein, who now does his reporting for Substack, added fuel to the fire on Tuesday, listing five teams who have expressed interest in the Sixers‘ three-time All-Star — Cleveland, Indiana, Minnesota, Sacramento, and Toronto. He also expects other teams to join the list.
A notable absentee is Portland. With the Damian Lillard situation in flux, Philadelphia could exercise patience and wait for him to (hopefully) ask out. Meanwhile, in an attempt to appease Lillard and bring about change, it’s well within reason for Portland to pursue a CJ McCollum-for-Ben Simmons swap.
Until then, these are the five teams most worth considering. Simmons is bound to have significant trade value, even after his second round flameout. He’s a three-time All-Star, with an All-NBA and two All-Defensive nods on his resume before he turns 25. The opportunity to lock him up through 2025 is appealing. The Sixers, conversely, cannot simply hand him away for scraps.
Here is the best realistic trade target from the five teams who have expressed interest in Simmons.
Sixers’ top realistic Ben Simmons trade target from Cavaliers: Darius Garland
While the availability of Collin Sexton has been widely speculated and subsequently reported, he’s not the best backcourt prospect in Cleveland. That title belongs to Darius Garland, who made big strides in his second NBA season. If the Cavs want to pry Simmons from Philadelphia,…