Is Ben Simmons for D'Angelo Russell a possibility?

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 09, 2020 - 7:58 am
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The Sixers are a disappointing 24-14, and although there is plenty of time left in the season, there is no question the frustration is building with how they have performed so far. 

In a recent article for The Athletic, NBA Reporter Marcus Thompson revealed a potential trade being “kicked around” that would cause a major shakeup on the Sixers is Ben Simmons for Golden State Warriors point guard D’Angelo Russell. 

Thompson writes

One of the interesting possibilities I’ve heard being kicked around is Russell for Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons. The 76ers could use a point guard who can score and run the show — and shoot. Some believe the pairing of Simmons and big man Joel Embiid isn’t viable in their pursuit of a championship. Simmons, as one source told me, is probably the best player the Warriors could possibly get for Russell, just considering the needs of the Warriors and their potential trade partners.

Russell has played in 22 games this season, averaging 23.2 points, 6.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He is in the first year of a four-year, $117 million contract, which would make a one-for-one swap of the two players not work. The Warriors don’t really have many other players they could package with Russell to make a trade work right now, but it could work this summer when Simmons’ base salary jumps. 

There is no doubt that if the Sixers did have interest in such a swap it would have to do with shooting, as one of the most attractive parts of Russell’s game is that he is shooting 36% from three this season on an average of 9.3 attempts per game. 

Simmons, as good as he has been this season, is still refusing to shoot the ball from deep. 

Earlier this week, Sixers head coach Brett Brown acknowledged it was an issue, and admitted his repeated attempts to get Simmons to shoot the ball from beyond the arc are not working. 

“Evidently I have failed,” Brown said. “It’s something that we’re all mindful of. This is one of these things that is never gonna away. The attention that this has received is remarkable, but I guess I helped fuel it, and I own it. I got to help him find this, and most importantly, he has to help himself.”

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