Ben Simmons to Celtics?
The Athletic's Shams Charania reported about the Celtics' interest in trading for the All-Star point guard, just days after Sixers fined Simmons $360,000 for missing Thursday's road game against the Pistons. The organization plans to continue fining him until he cooperates with team physicians on his mental health and fulfills other basketball-related obligations, according to ESPN.
The Boston Celtics have engaged in conversations with the 76ers revolving around Simmons and expressed interest in the 6-foot-11 guard, sources tell The Athletic. Talks have been fluid with no traction as of yet, those sources say. Any potential Simmons deal with the Celtics would have to include All-Star forward Jaylen Brown, an ascending talent who is in the midst of another career season, averaging 25.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Shams Charania, The Athletic
It's been a while since we've heard about a team making an offer for Ben. But it seems all of them have one thing in common -- they've all been turned down due to Daryl Morey's unrealistic demands. This one is no different.
Why would the Celtics do that?
The Celtics are off to a 4-6 start after losing Sunday's game against the Mavericks to a Luka Doncic buzzer-beater. Frustrated with their start, especially with all the drama surrounding the group, the team's President of basketball operations, Brad Stevens, admitted that the organization "plans to find out" if they have the right group of guys on the roster. But Jaylen Brown isn't the one under the magnifying glass.
Although Celtics' head coach Ime Udoka criticized Brown's consistency, describing some of his drop-offs as "mind boggling," the 25-year-old star is having a career year across the board. Alongside Jayson Tatum, he's the only untouchable in trade talks, especially if Ben Simmons, the NBA's biggest enigma, is on the other side of the deal.
The 76ers once again sit as the No. 1 seed in the East, beginning the campaign 8-2 despite playing without their starting point guard. Adding Brown to the roster without losing a significant contributor would undoubtedly make the Sixers even better. But there's no way the Celtics would do that, at least not until Morey's demands include the 6-6 guard coming off his first All-Star campaign.