The relationship between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers is beyond repair. There are no doubts about that. When Simmons asked to be traded, most expected it to be a smooth deal, but due to Simmons' bad behavior, it has become harder for both sides to part ways.
Despite the obvious red flags, many NBA teams are still interested in acquiring the former number 1 pick. Among the teams who want Simmons are the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics have had their own troubles this season. Ever since Marcus Smart publicly called out his teammates Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, it seems inevitable that the three of them together won't work.
Many have speculated that trading away Brown for Simmons could be a possible solution to end the turmoil. Additionally, the Celtics are struggling to get into form as they are just 5-6 this season.
But what if the Celtics can keep Brown and acquire Simmons as well? Seems impossible? Well, not according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Reporter. He thinks a three-team trade might be a way for the Celtics to keep Brown and also get Simmons.
"But a three-team framework, sending Smart and Williams and picks for another All-Star to reroute to Philly, would seem to be the one possible route for Boston to land Simmons without sacrificing Brown. Philadelphia has similarly encouraged teams such as Minnesota and Indiana to acquire a player the Sixers value that would be equal to Simmons’ impact on the team’s title window, league sources told B/R."
With the asking price of Simmons taking a hit due to his shenanigans, it could work. Additionally, even without Ben, the 76ers are doing just one. So adding more depth to the team might be a priority for the team.
As for Celtics, it wouldn't surprise anyone if Marcus Smart is included in the trade package for Simmons. The Celtics are desperate to get some help around their two superstars. By trading Smart, it might also improve the locker room morale of the team.
There is still some time before the NBA Trade Deadline, so Boston can take its time and offer a good trade package to the 76ers for Ben Simmons.