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“My text was, ‘How badly do the Wolves want to trade for Ben Simmons,'” sports reporter Darren Wolfson said during a recent podcast appearance.
“This individual sent me a text back. It was one word: ‘badly.’ Make no mistake, the Wolves have trade interest in Ben Simmons.”
The Timberwolves are in the latter stages of their rebuild and adding Simmons could prove to be a pivotal move in getting them over the top. However, it would be very interesting to see if Minnesota could trade for the 24-year-old without disbanding its trio of young stars in Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards.
Simmons and the 76ers are entering an offseason that will presumably be very turbulent.
Simmons’ upside is very well-documented. He is a guard with size who is a triple-double threat and an elite defender, but his weaknesses are starting to emerge as legitimate issues.
The three-time All-Star still hasn’t developed a jump shot, and he is coming off of a 2021 postseason in which he shot just 34.2 percent on free throws.
Philadelphia was eliminated in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks.