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Bruce Bowen says Gregg Popovich would trade ‘anyone’ on Spurs roster for Ben Simmons

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Former San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen thinks that head coach and team president Gregg Popovich would be open to trading any player on the Spurs’ roster in a deal for Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons.

Bowen’s comment may alarm some Spurs fans, as a lot of people are very low on Simmons. Many fans even perceive him to be a liability.

San Antonio has an exciting young foundation highlighted by 24-year-old Dejounte Murray, and it’s safe to assume that a good portion of Spurs fans would be irate over giving up a player of Murray’s caliber in a trade for Simmons.

Simmons does bring a lot to the table. He is an elite defender, as his 6-foot-11 height gives him the ability to defend virtually any player at any position.

Offensively, Simmons struggles in two key areas. He is seemingly incapable of developing a jump shot, and he also struggles mightily at the charity stripe.

He does his best to make up for it by distributing the ball and getting rebounds. In the 2020-21 regular season, he averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.

There has been a lot of speculation about Simmons potentially being moved this offseason after he performed poorly in the 2021 NBA Playoffs.


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