Philadelphia reportedly offered Simmons and Tobias Harris to Atlanta, but the Sixers wanted three first-round picks, John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanovic in return.
“Two sources familiar with talks said at least one offer from the Sixers was Simmons and Harris for John Collins, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and three first-round picks,” the Action Network’s Matt Moore wrote. “It will not surprise you to learn the Hawks were not interested in such a framework, though their interest in Simmons is very real.”
While the Hawks may be interested in pairing Simmons with star guard Trae Young, it doesn’t appear that the team is willing to meet Philly’s lofty asking price.
The Hawks made the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2020-21 season, but they have struggled mightily this season. Atlanta is just 22-25 so far in the 2021-22 campaign and currently holds the No. 12 seed in the Eastern Conference.
While it makes sense that the Sixers are looking to maximize their return for Simmons, it’s going to be hard to net players like Collins and Bogdanovic as well as significant draft capital.
Simmons has yet to play for the Sixers this season, and the team is in danger of wasting a year of Joel Embiid’s prime by not surrounding him with the best supporting cast possible.
It seems that the Sixers will need to find another suitor or lower their asking price for Simmons in order to get a deal completed by this year’s trade deadline.
It will be interesting to see if the Hawks wait until the offseason to make another run at Simmons if Philly hasn’t moved him by then.