The heat is on the Philadelphia 76ers right now which some difficult decisions that they may need to face before the trade deadline. With the addition of Jimmy Butler, the 76ers have three high caliber players in Butler, Simmons, and Embiid who haven’t completely gelled with each other the way the Sixers would have hoped.
Ben Simmons seems to be the odd man out of the three stars and his poor ability to shoot from outside the arc is a serious worry for a side who has the potential to win a championship.
Philadelphia haven’t shown any signs of mistrust in Simmons or any intention of trading the Rookie of the Year before the deadline but according to Zach Lowe of ESPN, there’s plenty of people who are suggesting that the Sixers think about trading the young big man for more shooters.
“The Sixers have time to play this out, even after the Butler trade accelerated their timetable. Simulate the next five seasons of Sixers basketball a thousand times, and a lot of simulations would include the Sixers trading Simmons. Stars are traded toward the end of their second contracts all the time. The fit issues are real. But that is one outcome among many.”
Zach Lowe has suggested one possible trade scenario that could occur with Simmons, this trade revolving around the Charlotte Hornets. The hypothetical trade would have the 76ers trading away Simmons to Charlotte for Kemba Walker, Miles Bridges and an unprotected first-round pick in return. On top of that, the Sixers may need to add some more low-quality players to match the outgoing salaries of Walker and Bridges.
It may be just a hypothetical trade but it’s certainly something that has the potential to benefit both franchises with both sides having holes in their squad that really need to be investigated. Kemba Walker may be 28 years old already but he’s an experienced point guard who is an incredible three-pointer shooter and another quality option in the offense is exactly what the Sixers are searching for. Walker has averaged 25.2 points per game this season, the value that he possesses may be the missing piece to the puzzle for the 76ers.
The Hornets, on the other hand, could benefit from this if they do decide to go along the path of a full-scale rebuild. Ben Simmons is such a talented player, and this is only his second year in the league, there may be no better player for the Hornets to build a franchise around since Simmons can only go up from here. The former number one draft pick sure has his weakness of long-range shooting but his presence in the paint and around the key is unbelievably good.
It will be unlikely for either franchise to trade away Walker or Simmons but it’s something that should at least be considered since it may be the best move for the long term future of the teams.