NBA: Sixers exploring Ben Simmons trade options -- report

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Posted at Jul 14 2021 10:12 AM | Updated as of Jul 14 2021 10:16 AM

NBA: Sixers exploring Ben Simmons trade options -- report 1
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) dribbles the ball against Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first quarter of game seven of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Philadelphia 76ers have opened up trade conversations for point guard Ben Simmons, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Teams that already have engaged with the Sixers have been met with a "high price threshold" for the three-time All-Star, per the report.

"(The 76ers) want an All-Star-caliber player in return," a source told The Athletic.

Simmons, who turns 25 on July 20, is on the trade block following a disastrous performance in the playoffs as the top-seeded Sixers lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

He was just 15 of 45 (33.3 percent) from the free-throw line in the seven-game series and he attempted just 14 shots from the field over the final three games.

Simmons' 2020-21 averages of 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists were all the lowest marks of his four NBA seasons. He did make his third straight All-Star team and finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting to Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year, Simmons has four years and $147 million remaining on his contract.

The 6-foot-11 Simmons announced last month that he would not compete for Australia at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. He said he needed the time to focus on his individual skill development.


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