As a 23-year-old offensive superstar, Ben Simmons is naturally one of the most valuable members of the Philadelphia 76ers. At the same time, he is also one of their most valuable trade assets.
In a recent appearance on Radio.com’s Scal and Pals podcast, former NBA center Kendrick Perkins suggested that the Sixers should trade their star to get valuable pieces in return.
“I’m taking Jimmy Butler over Ben Simmons all day, man. Jimmy Butler was a better fit for Joel Embiid than Ben Simmons, I’ll tell you that much,” Perkins said. “I would, I would try to trade him. I would try to see what offers I could get for him but yeah, I would try to move him. Obviously he’s not the Big Philly. You know, Big Philly is there to stay. Big Joel Embiid is there to stay. I would consider trying to move Ben Simmons.”
“I would, I would try to trade [Ben Simmons]. I would definitely try to, I would try to move him… I just don’t see that working. I don’t see it working one bit.” – Kendrick Perkins pic.twitter.com/4yELGOWsjl
— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) November 8, 2019
It’s true that Simmons is one of the best young players in the game. He is the 2018 Rookie of the Year and a 2019 NBA All-Star. But he has some significant flaws, mostly on the perimeter, where he struggles to make shots.
This season especially, Simmons is struggling. He is averaging 13.1 points, 6.9 assists, and 5.4 rebounds, all career-lows for him.
If Philly starts trending downward this season, we could see the Sixers make some serious changes down the stretch. Ben Simmons may very well be at the forefront of those plans, one way or another.