Rumor: Could Caris LeVert Be Involved In A Ben Simmons Deal?

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March 12, 2016: Michigan Wolverines guard Caris LeVert (23) on the bench during the men’s Big Ten Tournament basketball game between the Michigan Wolverines and Purdue Boilermakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Recent rumors suggest that the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ers have recently had trade talks surrounding Caris LeVert and Ben Simmons.

The NBA preseason is off and running as teams are in preparation for the upcoming season. A small group of teams have been constantly rumored to want in on a Ben Simmons trade for the whole offseason. It was then reported that a dark horse team wanted to trade for the Sixers’ point guard. This team is not to be considered a real contender in the Ben Simmons sweepstakes. It was then reported by Brian Windhorst that the team was the Indiana Pacers.

It was recently reported that the Sixers had talks with the Pacers about a potential trade, and Caris LeVert the 6’6 shooting guard name was brought up. Caris LeVert averaged twenty points, four rebounds, and five assists last year and despite not shooting from range particularly well, he could be the wing scorer the Sixers need. LeVert being one of the best inside to mid-range scorers in the NBA is also something worth mentioning.

Caris LeVert is recovering from a stress fracture in his back that he sustained during this offseason. There’s optimism that the shooting guard will be back sometime during the start of the new NBA season. The combo guard LeVert should be a good starting point for the Pacers to build a potential trade package for Ben Simmons.

More than likely it would require more players from Indiana in a potential trade for Simmons. Caris would definitely be a good start for a trade between the two teams. That could potentially get even better with the recent report of point guard Malcolm Brogdon also being mentioned between the Sixers and Pacers. As reported by Jordan Schultz, multiple sources told him that the Sixers also inquired about the veteran point guard.

The two-way guard Brogdon who stands 6’5, would be the prototypical veteran point guard the Sixers desperately need. The five-year vet is a willing passer and would display his playmaking abilities on a nightly basis. But don’t be fooled; he can also create for himself and get a basket if needed with averages of 21 ppg, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists last season.

The Sixers have been linked to Brogdon in a potential trade, as recently as last season leading up to the trade deadline. A Brogdon and LeVert trade package for Simmons would be a deal the Sixers would have to seriously consider. Head Coach Doc Rivers would have to figure out the spacing because of LeVert’s lack of outside shooting, and that’s a problem the Head Coach would love to have.