With the NBA’s commerce deadline across the nook, be ready to listen to loads of Ben Simmons chatter.
The most recent: Philadelphia would not embrace an “extra piece” together with Simmons in a possible commerce for Wizards star Bradley Beal, in response to David Aldridge and Josh Robbins of The Athletic.
It has been well-known for a few months now that Beal is likely one of the 76ers’ dream targets in a Simmons commerce.
“Philadelphia has made no secret that Beal is on his quick record of gamers for whom it will commerce disgruntled guard Ben Simmons, who has sat out all season,” writes Aldridge and Robbins. “However the 76ers will not embrace a further piece, comparable to thrilling younger guard Tyrese Maxey, together with Simmons in a possible commerce for Beal, per league sources.
“Philly has equally held agency that it will not put third-year ahead Matisse Thybulle, a terrific wing defender, in a Simmons bundle.”
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That, in fact, is assuming the Wizards would even be keen to commerce Beal forward of this season’s commerce deadline.
Beal has a $36.4 million participant choice in his contract for the 2022-23 season, making him a possible unrestricted free agent within the offseason. Beal is reportedly conflicted about his future with the Wizards, however neither him nor his representatives have “formally requested for him to be moved” within the days main as much as the commerce deadline.
Moreover, the Wizards are mentioned to have given “no indications” that they are significantly contemplating buying and selling the three-time All-Star.
The Wizards began the season robust however are 3-7 of their final 10 video games, dropping them to the eleventh spot within the Japanese Convention. The 76ers are trending in the wrong way, going 7-3 of their final 10 video games to maneuver into third place within the standings.
Dominant as Joel Embiid has been, Maxey has performed an vital position in Philadelphia’s success, filling in for Simmons at level guard with averages of 16.9 factors, 4.8 assists and three.6 rebounds per recreation. Thybulle is averaging solely 5.7 factors per recreation, however he is rapidly established himself as one of many league’s finest perimeter defenders. He earned an All-Defensive Second Crew choice final season.
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Whereas Beal’s taking pictures a career-low from 3-point vary, he is nonetheless averaging 23.2 factors per recreation to associate with a career-best 6.6 assists.
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