Ben Simmons “Privately” Wants Out of Philadelphia As Warriors, T-Wolves Could Be Destinations

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While the Philadelphia 76ers have publicly stuck to the notion that they don’t want to split up Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, they could be big buyers on NBA Draft day.

According to Heavy.com writer Brandon Robinson, Simmons “privately” wants out of Philadelphia, saying he doesn’t want to deal with the ridicule of Philly fans anymore.

This relates to information that was presented to Robinson by college basketball expert Rashad Phillips about the Toronto Raptors reportedly looking to trade up in the draft for top prospect LaMelo Ball. This could include a three-team trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors, who hold the no. 2 overall pick, that would send Ben Simmons to Golden State.

Phillips hypothesized the scenario saying, “Between those three teams, some business needs to be done.” Phillips has a strong belief that Toronto wants LaMelo Ball.

I just believe that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid just are not compatible with regards to how the NBA style is played. Not personally compatible, just the way the spacing; Ben Simmons’ inability to make jump shots, Joel Embiid’s ability to want to shoot jump shots, I just don’t think it’s a good mix. If I’m the Raptors, I’ll trade Kyle Lowry to Philly. Philly needs a point guard, I believe Kyle Lowry is one of the premier point guards in the NBA. Philly needs that. I would send Ben Simmons to Golden State for maybe a pick and some players. If I’m the Raptors, I’d try to get in that mix to get LaMelo Ball.

If the Raptors are in fact eyeing Ball, sending off Lowry to Philly would make sense. Of course, as Robinson mentioned, Philly would surely receive more assets than just Lowry in return.

What the Golden State Warriors have in store for the no. 2 overall pick is scary if they’re open to shopping it in a deal for someone like Simmons.

The Minnesota Timberwolves with the no. 1 overall pick could be in play as well. Robinson calls Simmons a potential “consolation” for Minnesota if top target Devin Booker was unavailable to them. Phoenix making their move for Chris Paul might have squashed those chances.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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