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Timberwolves and Raptors remain interested in Ben Simmons

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It seems like every couple of days we get new reports on the Ben Simmons trade saga. This week has proven to be no different.

In the most recent episode of Brian Windhorst’s podcast “The Hoop Collective” and stated that the Sixers are not actively having trade discussions right now. He also mentioned that Ben Simmons is planning to begin the season in Philadelphia even though he may not be happy about it. Windhorst mentions that Simmons may not be too happy with returning because he has been in trade rumors since the start of the offseason and the Sixers haven’t found a deal yet that meets their expectations. Although discussions aren’t active, Simmons appears to still be on the trading block.

Shams Charania of the Athletic has reported that the Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves are still very interested in trading for Ben Simmons. Both these teams have had serious talks with the Sixers regarding Simmons, but the return package hasn’t piqued Philadelphia’s interest. With Morey and crew continuing to demand a high price for Simmons, it may be best for Simmons to return to the team to “repair” some of his value. 

Charania also reported that the Timberwolves have been motivated to find a third team to help facilitate a deal to land Simmons. A package surrounding D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Jaden McDaniels isn’t something that Morey and the 76ers are interested in at this time. 

The 76ers still have their eyes on Portland Trailblazers’ guard Damian Lillard. They are keeping an eye on his situation in Portland, but all signs are pointing to Lillard giving his new head coach and tweaked roster a chance. 

If the Timberwolves and Raptors are truly interested in trying to acquire Ben Simmons, they need to come with their best offers. General managers around the league know that Simmons’ value isn’t as low as the media is making it seem. Although no deal has been made, it looks as if Ben Simmons will eventually be traded. It may not happen this offseason but it seems both parties would like to move on.

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