trade rumors, Ben Simmons, Minnesota Timberwolves, free agency, Golden State Warriors, NBA Draft, Pascal Siakam
Ben Simmons might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the 24-year-old, who has already made three All-Star appearances, is absolutely a player of interest around the NBA.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are said to be poised to make a splash in the trading market.
Here are the latest news from our NBA rumor mill!
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“Unfortunately”: the word that proves that Simmons is wanted
While the Australian’s future in Philadelphia is uncertain, the question after his post-season failure is whether the Sixers plan to seek a trade and how much value Simmons still holds.
Well, according to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis, you can count the Minnesota Timberwolves as a team more than ready to step up for Simmons if Daryl Morey and co. want to make a deal.
“I texted someone who knows Ben Simmons incredibly well, who has a working knowledge of everything NBA-related,” he said. said Wolfson. âMy text the other day said, ‘How bad do the Wolves want to trade for Ben Simmons? “
âThis guy texted me back. It was a word: âUnfortunately. “
Wolfson added, “Make no mistake, Wolves have a business interest in Ben Simmons.”
It’s another team to add to the potential stack that includes the Portland Trail Blazers, who have been linked in a deal that would see CJ McCollum go the other way, and the Golden State Warriors, who have No.7 picks. and # 14 in the upcoming project.
However, it’s not clear Minnesota would be able to find the kind of talent Philadelphia is looking for. Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards are as untouchable as they get, leaving it to D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley to make the money grow.
Simmons will skip the Tokyo Olympics to work on his game. Whether the Sixers decide to return with him and Joel Embiid will likely depend on the offers they receive.
Warriors ready to move
The Golden State Warriors are in a title window, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that they’re desperate to win ASAP.
Last week general manager Bob Myers said the team “don’t try to develop players at the risk of losing.”
Now, there has been an explosive business rumor that could see the Warriors re-vying for patronage next season.
Athletic’s John Hollinger reported there is a “widespread expectation that the Warriors will use No. 7 and [James] Wiseman, in particular, to look for more immediate upgrades from the list. “
âA name to watch out for: Pascal Siakam,â added Hollinger.
Wiseman was the No.2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and presents a valuable long-term proposition. But the Warriors seem to believe they don’t have time to develop it if they are to win immediately.
Siakam, the Toronto Raptors star, 27, underwent surgery earlier this month on a shoulder that could cause him to miss the start of the new campaign.
Regardless, he was an NBA All-Star in 2020 and haunted the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
With the Warriors battling for a salary cap, another player may also have to head north of the Canadian border, with some reports suggesting forward Andrew Wiggins could be the man included in the package.
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