The Sixers are desperate to find a trade partner for Ben Simmons — and they would certainly like it if the Washington Wizards got involved like one analysis believes they should.
In a recent episode of Pardon the Interruption, Tony Kornheiser — who has covered Washington DC sports for years — suggested that a trade involving Simmons going to the Wizards and Bradley Beal coming to the Sixers would be a win-win for both teams.
“This is a trade that benefits both teams,” Kornheiser said. “If Bradley Beal goes to the Sixers they could win a title. He is what they need — and Ben Simmons is what 10 guys as rotational players need here. If he is a better player with a chance of scenery, he’ll close out the game.”
You can check out the full clip of Kornheiser explaining why he thinks a deal makes sense here:
It is safe to say the Sixers likely agree with Kornheiser, or at least hope the Wizards do.
Beal would be a perfect fit for the Sixers, giving them the dominant scorer they need on the perimeter. Beal has established himself as one of the best scorers in the league, averaging 31.3 points last season and 30.5 points the season per that. He is also a willing shooter from three, averaging 6.0 attempts per game in his career on 37% shooting.
As for the Wizards, one reason they could accept a Simmons-for-Beal deal is that Beal’s deal is up after the 2022 season, and it is very unlikely he would re-sign with the team. Simmons, on the other hand, had four years remaining on his contract.
If the Sixers could somehow turn Simmons into Beal, it would be an ideal outcome from what is a very ugly situation they are currently find themselves in.
Multiple reports, presumably leaked by Simmons’ camp, have made it very clear Simmons will not be coming to training camp. The Sixers can fine and suspend Simmons if he doesn’t come to training camp when it starts at the end of the month. Simmons, however, is on a five-year, $177 million contract — meaning the fines might not be enough to convince him to come back to Philadelphia.
Chances are Simmons will eventually report if the Sixers continue to fine him, but the team has to wonder if they would be better off trading Simmons now and moving on from him as opposed to forcing him to come and dealing with all of the issues that would come with him reporting to a team he doesn’t want to play for.
What the Sixers will do remains to be seen, but one thing is very clear — this situation is only going to get worse the longer it drags out and is going to be a massive distraction if it continues into the new season.
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