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Warriors might lack 76ers' reported ideal Simmons trade assets

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If the Philadelphia 76ers indeed are seeking an All-Star caliber player in a potential Ben Simmons trade, the Warriors likely would be out of those sweepstakes.

KRON 4's Jason Dumas reported Friday morning that Philadelphia declined an offer from the Indiana Pacers that included Malcolm Brogdon and a first-round draft pick, and the team is maintaining a stance that Simmons won't be traded for less than an "All-Star caliber player."

The Warriors have been one of the teams most linked to trading for Simmons, but certainly weren't including any of the roster's three "All-Star caliber" players: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green.

Most likely, the Warriors' best offer for Simmons would include James Wiseman, the No. 7 or No. 14 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft (or both), and Andrew Wiggins to roughly make the salaries match up.

Unless the 76ers consider Wiggins an All-Star caliber player, it doesn't sound like the Warriors have what Philadelphia is after.

As the summer wears on, the 76ers' front office might realize Simmons isn't worth as much as what they currently believe he is, and could lower their threshold for a potential trade.

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Simmons was named to his third All-Star team in 2020-21, but struggled mightily in the playoffs as Philadelphia was bounced by the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Coach Doc Rivers and fellow star Joel Embiid didn't exactly offer ringing endorsements of Simmons after the 76ers were eliminated, leading many to assume the former No. 1 overall pick would be on the market this summer.

 

Simmons clearly is motivated to improve his shooting ability, as he turned down a chance to play for his native Australia in the Tokyo Olympics to focus on developing his game.

An excellent defender and one of the NBA's most dangerous players in transition, Simmons will be a hot commodity in trade discussions throughout the offseason.

But if landing an All-Star is the price for Philadelphia this summer, don't expect Simmons to be bringing his talents to the Bay Area.

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