All-Star guard/forward Ben Simmons is coming off a subpar playoff performance with the 76ers and has taken plenty of flak on social media because of it. But his trade value remains high, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
“I hear from executives all the time that are loving this, ‘Ben Simmons trade value has cratered’ conversation because they hope that Philadelphia believes that,” Mannix said on The Ringer podcast. “I think his trade value is actually higher than what’s being publicly portrayed. But you’re going to continue to hear a lot of the negativity around Ben Simmons.
“In other words, I think people value him pretty high across the league because I do think there’s a belief that someone’s going to figure the shooting thing out.”
Simmons, 24, averaged 14.9 points and 6.9 assists last season, finishing second in Defensive Player of the Year voting. For all the grief he takes about his jumper, he is a career 56 percent shooter.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the 76ers started to field offers for Simmons at the NBA Combine last month, and multiple teams are said to be interested. The list reportedly includes the Timberwolves, who “badly” want to trade for Simmons, per Darren Wolfson of SKOR North.
Also, Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com recently quoted an NBA source as saying that Simmons would be a “game-changer” for the Cavaliers. There has been no indication that the Cavs are interested in exploring a Simmons trade, however.
Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, has already met with 76ers head of basketball operations Daryl Morey to discuss Simmons’ future with the franchise, Wojnarowski reported.