NBA rumors: Ben Simmons’ business value plummeted amid playoff struggles
As the Philadelphia 76ers fight for their playoff lives, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are going to have to carry the load if they are to keep their season alive.
Unfortunately for the Sixers, Simmons entered Game 6 with the same flaws he had in all previous games. The guy can’t shoot, and it got so bad that the Hawks used a hack-a-Simmons strategy to give themselves an advantage in the series.
It worked wonders in Game 5, where Ben missed 10 free throws to finish with just 8 points on the night.
And now whether the Sixers survive this series or not, its commercial value has plummeted completely, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe:
“I have news for the Philly fans, the GMs of the other teams are watching the playoffs very, very closely. And there are definitely teams that I’ve spoken to in the last 48 hours that were once on Simmons, that say, at least for me, that could be a posture, ‘eh, we’re a little less in there. look like before.
I know Sixers fans will be disappointed because just a week ago they were talking about Lillard and now we’re talking about McCollum, but I think you have to take that into account.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Embiid / Simmons duo might not be able to clinch a title. Amid major questions and doubts about the team’s potential, trading Simmons might be the best way for them to start fresh and re-equip around Joel Embiid.
Who they’ll get for Simmons at this point, however, remains to be seen.