While he keeps dealing with mental health issues, Ben Simmons is now linked with a move to the Boston Celtics. A couple of months ago, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers looked like good landing spots for the player, but that's part of the past.
Meanwhile, he's trying to get mentally ready to return to the court with the Sixers, although that has created some issues for the team. They want to learn more about Simmons' situation, but the player refuses to share that information.
The NBA doesn't stop and rumors have surfaced suggesting the Boston Celtics engaged in trade talks around Simmons. However, the Sixers reportedly asked for Jaylen Brown and the C's aren't willing to ship one of their best players.
Moreover, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, the Australian player would be interested in joining the 17-time NBA champions, although that's hard knowing the Sixers' asking price.
Can Udoka, who coached Simmons in Philadelphia as an assistant, get the best out of the former No. 1 overall pick? Yes. Would Simmons be interested in coming to Boston? Yes, according to a league source. And while Stevens has shown a willingness to take chances in his brief tenure as team president, he is understandably going to walk back these rumors and refute them immediately.
Simmons should only be a consideration at the right price, and that price likely will never be to Stevens’ satisfaction as long as Morey is willing to wait months — or even years — to make a deal and he continues to request All-Star players in return for someone whose stock is at an all-time low.
This won't be the last time we hear about Ben Simmons. The 25-year-old might be living his last days as a Sixer, and the team is still trying to get him back on the court.
After returning to the team's facilities, Simmons was kicked out of practice by the head coach. Fans attacked him again for refusing to practice and nobody knows what will happen with him. Perhaps a change of air is the best that could happen to him and the Sixers, but the team won't let him go unless they get big pieces in return.