The Ben Simmons saga has not received its epilogue for months, and the closest to bringing in the troubled Australian are the Sacramento Kings.
First, we had Kyrie Irving for Ben Simmons trade rumor then trade to Portland, Toronto Raptors, etc. Right now Ben Simmons is close to being traded to the Kings, but who could join the Philadelphia Sixers squad?
It is speculated that a “package” that would be sent in the opposite direction would be formed around the young Tyrese Haliburton.
In addition, it would be expected that Simmons will be followed by Tobias Harris, while the Kings are working on the trade of Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes.
Recently, there was information that Ben Simmons’ agents started negotiations with the leaders of Philadelphia.
However, as ESPN reported, there is no progress in the negotiations between the director of Simmons’ agency “Clutch Sports” with the president of the basketball operations of the Sixers, Daryl Morey, and the general manager, Elton Brand.
The meeting at the restaurant in Philadelphia was described as friendly and professional, but Morey kept the franchise’s position that they will not allow trade unless they get what they need to be competitive in the title fight.
Paul told the Sixers that Simmons’ mental health is preventing him from returning to play with the team and that he still wants to trade.
Ben Simmons is 25 years old point guard, and he has a contract with Philadelphia until the end of the 2024/2025 season, worth 177 million dollars.
Due to absences from team obligations, training, and matches, he received significant penalties.
Philadelphia in the trade for Simmons is looking exclusively for a player who is among the 25 best in the league, which they cannot find in other teams at the moment.
The teams that negotiated with the Sixers even pointed out that the price of Simmons is only rising, instead of falling as time passes.
Ben Simmons Contract, Salary
Ben has a four-year contract worth $147 million. including $33,000,000 for the 2021/2022 season.
Ben Simmons NBA Stats
- PPG 14.3
- RPG 7.2
- APG 6.9
- PIE 12.8
- HEIGHT 6’11” (2.11m)
- WEIGHT 240lb (109kg)
- COUNTRY Australia
- LAST ATTENDED Louisiana State
- AGE 25 years
- BIRTHDATE July 20, 1996
- DRAFT 2016 R1 Pick 1
- EXPERIENCE 4 Years
- SALARY: 29 million USD (2020)
- POSITION Point guard
- CURRENT TEAM Philadelphia Sixers
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