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Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report reported this past weekend that the Indiana Pacers offered the Philadelphia 76ers Malcolm Brogdon and a 1st round draft pick in exchange for all-star Ben Simmons, but Philadelphia declined. Additionally, he announced that the 76ers have “fielded” offers for Simmons and will only trade him for an all-star caliber player. 

It has been approximately two weeks since the Atlanta Hawks shocked the world and beat the number 1 seeded 76ers in game 7 in  Philadelphia. Since that time, Ben Simmons has taken most of the blame for this loss and many fans are looking for him to be traded. The market for Simmons is still uncertain, despite Indiana’s recent trade offer. However, considering the NBA season is not over and the 76ers have already received a decent trade offer for him, it appears that the 76ers may be able to get a good piece in return.

Team President Daryl Morey has made it clear that he will not deal Ben Simmons for just anything. In his last press conference, Morey implied that Philadelphia will work with Simmons through this offseason, but a trade is not off the table. Trading for a traditional point guard or elite shot creator would make sense for a Joel Embiid-centered 76ers team, who desperately needs spacing. Players like Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, and Bradley Beal would be perfect, but we’ll have to see how this year’s offseason unfolds.

What Could Have Been

Let’s backtrack to the idea of Malcolm Brogdon to the 76ers. Way back in the 2016-2017 season, Brogdon won the Rookie of The Year award as a part of the Milwaukee Bucks. Fast forward to the 2019 offseason, where he was traded to the Indiana Pacers for draft picks. Brogdon is currently in his 2nd year of a 4 year contract worth $85 million. This season he averaged 21.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 5.9 APG. He shot 45.3% from the field on 17.5 shot attempts per game and 38.8% from three on 6.7 attempts per game.

Brogdon is also an above average perimeter defender, can space the floor, and would be a much better fit than Ben Simmons. The key area where Simmons is superior is his play in transition and ability to push the pace compared to Brogdon’s much slower play-style. Accepting the trade that the Pacers offered would benefit the 76ers, but it would not raise their ceiling much higher. All in all, Philadelphia should take their time and see which stars become available this summer and not jump the gun on a less than ideal offer.

Reaction to the Trade Rumors

Last but not least, I contacted a few Pacers fan pages on Instagram to pick their brain about Malcolm Brogdon and here is what they said:

“Malcolm’s a consistent scorer and can give you 20 a night. He averaged the most points on the Pacers this season. He’s not too flashy but definitely can give you a bucket if you need it.” – @Pacerscountry

“One of our only clutch players this season, can hit big shots when needed, is a pretty good 3 point shooter, I’d say above average defender. More of a slower type of pace player, moves at his own pace. Overall I’d say he had a pretty good season.” – @Pacers.Cult

“Yup! Personally I love Brogdon, 100% love his game, a smart guy on and off the court. Obviously, every year injuries are a concern, but when he is playing he is a stud. He’s not inconsistent either, every night he will give you 21-23 plus, like everyone else he will have a bad game once in a while, but not often. The thing pacers fans are talking about is, what is his natural position, I think it’s very clear like most other fans, he is a natural shooting guard, but he gladly plays the Point Guard, right when he signed with Indy. What impressed me the most was how much he improved on his three point shot creation, last year he struggled with creating his own three, because he didn’t need to practice on it, he had Giannis, but he is so much better at coming off screens and creating his own shot. One thing is, he’s a great defender, but struggles on the fast guards, he’s more of a flat footed guard, definitely won’t wow you with his jumping ability either, once in a while he will explode and dunk off the dribble, but it is rare. But most nights, he will guard the best player, always will guard LeBron, Paul George, Tatum, he guards Ben Simmons most of the time too, and he’s done a pretty good job on most of them.” – @Pacersclutch