Boston Celtics Rumors: 2 potential Ben Simmons trades that could happen

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Boston Celtics potential trade No. 2:

I’ll admit right off the bat that I would not be in favor of this deal. And I know I just went on a big tirade about how Brown shouldn’t even be discussed in talks for Simmons, but at this point it has to be considered a possibility, albeit a very, very remote possibility, that he would be included in a deal for Simmons. And in the event he does, this is probably the best return the Celtics could get.

Adding Simmons would give Boston a point guard who could command the offense in a way that no one currently on the offense can. Simmons is an elite distributor of the ball, and can get to the rim at will. When he gets to the paint, it forces defenses to collapse, and opens up shots at the perimeter.

The problem for Boston is that their roster as currently constructed doesn’t have a lot of players who can consistently hit threes. They rank 20th in the league in three point shooting as a team, as they are hitting just 33.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc.

Enter Seth Curry, who is currently shooting 48.3 percent from behind the arc, which is the eighth best percentage in the league. Curry would give Boston a knockdown three point shooter that they have been missing for quite some time now.

Maxey is another young guard that would join a suddenly crowded Celtics bench. Maxey has excelled with the extra minutes he’s gotten during Simmons’ absence, and he has proven to be a skilled scorer. Maxey shores up the guard depth, and would allow the team to explore making another move to help offset Brown’s departure on the wing.

Dealing Brown away would obviously be a massive blow and a huge risk considering he is just 25 years old, playing the best basketball of his career, and has a remarkably team friendly deal. Richardson has been solid this season, and would probably only be included to match salaries at this point considering the 76ers dealt him away for Curry during the 2020 offseason. Dealing Brown would hurt, but if the Celtics decide to do so, this is probably on of the better deals they could get.