Report: Celtics interested in Ben Simmons, 76ers want Jaylen Brown
How broken are Boston’s chemistry and ball movement?
Enough to trade for Ben Simmons?
Simmons, with his ability to get his team in transition and sharp passing skill, could help Boston.
But he’s not as valuable in a vacuum as Brown, a talented individual multi-level wing scorer who plays solid defense. Brown’s style lends itself well to the playoffs, where Simmons has disappeared.
I wouldn’t read too much into negotiations that, even according to this report, have gained no traction.
Of course, the Celtics are interested in Simmons. He’s a productive young player. Nearly every team should be at least interested, and a call to Philadelphia never hurts. But there’s a big difference between interest and meeting the 76ers’ high asking price. There’s no indication Boston will do the latter.
Talk of Simmons to Boston, where he’s particularly mocked for his lack of shooting, is juicy. But that doesn’t make it realistic.