Report: Sixers could explore Simmons for LeBron

Andrew Porter
May 13, 2019 - 3:50 pm

Ben Simmons and LeBron James are friends, share an agent, and have similar styles of play. But could they be traded for one another? 

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Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports reports, "One Western Conference executive brought up a name that could be a Simmons trade target: LeBron James. 'I think they very well might explore that,' said a rival executive of Philadelphia."

Simmons, who turns 23 in July—despite his shooting deficiencies—is one of the most valuable assets in the NBA. The former No. 1 overall pick is due $8,113,930 next season and has a qualifying offer in 2020-21, the final year of his rookie deal. 

James, who turns 35 in December and dealt with injury issues last season for really the first time in his career, is under contract for the next two seasons at over $37 million per year. 

So, for many of the aforementioned reasons—mainly age, contract, and upside—it seems unlikely the Sixers would even want to make this deal, even for the King. And to be frank, they shouldn't even consider it. I'm sure these two guys will get a laugh over this rumor during their summer workouts together in a few months (stay tuned for the Instagram posts). 

While it will be shocking if Philadelphia moved on from Simmons this summer, or at all fo that matter, the Sixers do have many decisions tough decisions this offseason. JJ Redick, Tobias Harris, and Jimmy Butler will all become free-agents and many believe head coach Brett Brown could be let go.