The Sixers lost in heartbreaking fashion in the Eastern Conference semis against Toronto in Game 7 where Kawhi Leonard hit a buzzer beater to win the game as the ball bounced four times on the rim before it sinked in. This was a second straight semis exit for Philly. So many questions headed their way such as the futures of Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick, Tobias Harris, and Head Coach Brett Brown.
Yesterday, the team announced that they will retain Brown as head coach. As far as Simmons goes, he continues to show he’s a liability with his inability to finally create a good jump shot. This could put him in the mix for trade talks, according to NBC Sports. An exec from a rival team of Philly’s reportedly said that the Sixers could could very well explore a trade in sending Simmons to Los Angeles for LeBron James.
This would be tough to execute though considering his low rookie salary and this deal would require another max-level player to be packaged. The Sixers tried to get in the mix to sign James in free agency last summer but ended up signing with the Lakers. I think Philly misses out on James again. The likely scenario is 10% chance of landing the King. The priorities should be to keep Butler, Redick and Harris. I think they lose Butler and Harris and struggle to contend in the East next season.
Flip the page to check out ESPN First Take’s debate on this possible trade.