Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons showed why they can be a dominant and dynamic duo in their final game before the All Star break against the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo by Wayne Terry, TPL.

It has been an eventful past few days for the everlasting Ben Simmons offseason drama. This past Tuesday, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Simmons no longer wants to be a 76er. Furthermore, does not plan to report to training camp later this month (September 28th).

To add more fuel to the fire, Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report claimed that Simmons’ agent Rich Paul who also represents Tyrese Maxey also wanted the second-year guard out of Philadelphia. However, Dumas later backtracked and said this report was false. Additionally, there have been a multitude of Ben Simmons trade rumors adding even more suspense to the situation.

As you can expect, the NBA community has been putting out mock trades, defending Ben Simmons, disrespecting Ben Simmons, and everything else in between. Yesterday afternoon, I asked my followers on Twitter to submit their Ben Simmons mock trades and in turn I would give my opinion on a few.

Without further ado…

Trade #1- submitted by @MilesSandersTD on Twitter

Sacramento Kings receive:

  • Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers receive:

  • Tyrese Haliburton
  • Buddy Hield
  • Draft capital

To recap, Sacramento would be acquiring Ben Simmons to pair alongside their all-star caliber guard De’Aaron Fox and rookie Davion Mitchell. Philadelphia hypothetically gets a sharpshooter in Buddy Hield and 2nd-year guard Tyrese Haliburton. In addition, Philadelphia would use their Al Horford trade exception worth $8.1 million. For the Kings, Simmons would give them a much needed defensive boost and a fastbreak with him and De’Aaron Fox would be hard to stop.

Ben Simmons would most likely play power forward, but his fit with recently signed center Richaun Holmes is not ideal. On the other hand, the 76ers’ spacing with Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton would be much improved. Haliburton could be the primary ball handler and run a half court offense. Also, Buddy Hield’s shooting and playmaking would very much benefit Joel Embiid. However, Philadelphia’s defense and transition play would take a big hit with Simmons gone. Overall, this trade does not make the 76ers title contenders and it does not secure Sacramento a playoff spot.  

Trade #2- submitted by @Gavin_Ethy on Twitter

Toronto Raptors receive:

  • Ben Simmons
  • Shake Milton
  • 2023 2nd round pick

Philadelphia 76ers receive:

  • Fred VanVleet
  • Goran Dragic
  • Chris Boucher
  • 2022 1st round pick
  • 2023 1st round pick

Firstly, this trade would work financially. Unfortunately Goran Dragic can not be traded for two months because of the recently traded restriction. To make matters more complicated, the 76ers have to use their Al Horford trade exception in this deal, which expires September 7th. Therefore, this trade is impossible. Hypothetically, the Raptors would be giving up two big parts of their young core, veteran guard Goran Dragic, and draft capital. On the other side of things, Philadelphia gives up Ben Simmons and Shake Milton.

This trade does not make much sense for Toronto, as they are giving up two big pieces of their young core as well as picks and they are not getting as much in return. As for the 76ers, Fred VanVleet would fill their floor spacing need, Goran Dragic would be an amazing veteran off the bench, and Chris Boucher would be a great backup big man. However, Chris Boucher on this team would over stack the center and power forward position. This would reduce Georges Niang and Andre Drummond’s role. In conclusion, this potential trade would not make the 76ers contenders and would not benefit the Raptors.

Trade #3- submitted by @TyreseMaxeyBu1 on Twitter

Portland Trail Blazers receive:

  • Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers receive:

  • C.J. McCollum
  • Robert Covington

In this trade, the 76ers would be acquiring a perimeter shot-creator in C.J. McCollum and 3&D player Robert Covington in exchange for Ben Simmons. To potentially make this worth Portland’s wild, Philadelphia would need to give up Shake Milton and a few picks. Ben Simmons could take some playmaking pressure off of Damian Lillard and improve the team’s defense significantly. The negatives for the Blazers would be Jusuf Nurkic and Ben Simmons’ fit and the loss of Robert Covington. For the 76ers, this trade significantly improves the team offensively, but they would still lack a traditional point guard that Joel Embiid needs. All in all, this deal raises Philadelphia’s championship ceiling the most out of the three trades. With a few adjustments like those I previously stated, this trade could become a reality.

To summarize, none of these mock trades would make the Philadelphia 76ers a true contender in the Eastern Conference nor equally benefit the other team. The Sixers should not trade the conflicted star for the purpose of just trading him. They must find the right deal to either raise their ceiling or set them up for the near future. If Philadelphia decides to hold onto Simmons into the regular season, things would undoubtedly be awkward but there might not be any other choice.