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Report: Celtics not discussing Ben Simmons trade with 76ers

Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown in Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 22: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers blocks Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center on January 22, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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The Celtics, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, are interested in Ben Simmons with the 76ers seeking Jaylen Brown in return.

Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald:

Brian Robb of MassLive:

Multiple league sources were adamant to that the Celtics have no interest in moving the All-Star Brown in the interim

Why wouldn’t the Celtics be interested in Simmons? He’s a highly productive young player whose defense would fit their desired identity and whose passing would be welcome.

But interested enough to meet Philadelphia’s high asking price? Probably not. Brown is more valuable than Simmons.

It seems there’s a lot of fuss over something not close to happening. Even the initial report noted there was no traction between the teams.

So, with any interest in Simmons unlikely to actualize into an actual trade, Boston might as well try to tamp down the potentially disruptive noise.