NBA trade rumors: A LeBron James-for-Ben Simmons deal?




The roar of the Raptors crowd hadn’t even surrender ringing inside the 76ers’ ears sooner than speculation about what Philly’s offseason will seem to be, and there are theories aplenty – along with shopping for and promoting Ben Simmons, 22.

So let the rumors star floating like a Kawhi Leonard jumper from the nook.

The logic: Simmons’ incapability to space the bottom spherical centerpiece Joel Embiid makes him a less-than-ideal slot in Philly, whereas James, who has two years remaining on his contract sooner than he can develop right into a free agent, would have a higher probability with the Sixers than the in the intervening time constructed Lakers to compete for championships as he ages.

“I think they very well might explore that,” an unidentified rival govt of the Sixers suggested NBCSports.com.

Given James’ two-year contract window with the Lakers, can the group realistically rebuild fast ample to handle the likes of the Warriors, Trail Blazers, Rockets and even Nuggets? Not probably, significantly considering the best way through which points have started on this important offseason: Magic Johnson caught James off-guard by resigning and the group struck out on its excessive two instructing targets, Monty Williams and Tyronn Lue.

James doesn’t have a no-trade clause, nevertheless he and Simmons, 22, share the an identical agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul.

Getting the money to match up is what makes a LeBron-for-Ben deal robust. Simmons, who will make $8.1 million in in 2019-20 sooner than his rookie extension may kick in in 2020-21, must be packaged with a max-level participant, or near it, to match James’ $37.1 million wage for 2020-21. And even that is refined, as NBCSports.com notes, together with that “(t)he safe money is that the Sixers bring the Philadelphia Phive back for redemption.”

Still, the blockbuster deal is an fascinating consideration, significantly since many league executives rely on a major Sixers shakeup this offseason.

Brett Brown reportedly will most likely be once more as coach subsequent season, nevertheless Lue turned down the Lakers job and LeBron reunion for a motive: He thinks there is a higher job available on the market, if not now then later.

Per NBCSports.com: “Could that job be Philly? It’s not available at the moment. But there’s more than just a little chatter about the Sixers and the Lakers being potential trade partners this summer. Crazier things have happened in this league than Lue and James on a Sixers sideline next to Embiid.”




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