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. 1

This is a trade package that makes much more sense for both parties involved. Giving up Brown for a player who has yet to take the court this season just doesn’t seem realistic. Starting off with Marcus Smart and building from there seems like the best way to go for both teams, and maybe the discussions between these two teams will get to that stage at some point.

Realistically speaking, Smart is a better fit than Simmons in Philly’s system. The 76ers like to operate through Joel Embiid, who does a lot of his work in the paint, which is similar to Simmons. They are both great players, but they cancel each other out in a sense when they are on the court together. Adding Smart, who is a much more effective pick-and-roll player, would probably help Embiid take his game to the next level.

Richardson again gets sent over for salary purposes, and Grant Williams gets thrown in as an enticing prospect who could probably contribute off Philly’s bench right away. Right now they are being forced to give Paul Reed, who was the 58th overall pick in the 2020 Draft, more minutes than they would probably like. Swapping Reed for Williams would be a win for Philadelphia.

The piece that really helps balance out this deal is the two first round picks. Boston may end up collapsing in on themselves, which would only add to the value of those picks. Of course, they could take off and elevate themselves to championship status too, but the 76ers are already winning with Simmons on the sideline. Why not pick up a couple of picks to help you add to an already strong core?

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Maybe it’s the Celtics bias in me, but this seems like a fair deal for both sides. Boston gets a player who can come in and fix their issues on both ends of the court, and the 76ers strengthen their rotation and add a couple of picks that could become very valuable down the line. Yet until the 76ers front office gives in, there’s a very low chance this deal would come to fruition, but you never know what will happen in the NBA, and that’s the beauty of the league.