Sunday, October 24 2021

Is Draymond trade on table in Warriors’ Simmons interest? originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

In the 73 days since the 76ers placed Ben Simmons in the NBA display window for all to peep and ponder, not one team has taken the bait. One trade proposed in July by Sixers architect Daryl Morey had the Warriors rolling their eyes and walking away.

Five weeks later, the 76ers still want to move Simmons. Furthermore, multiple reports, the most recent in the Philadelphia Inquirer, are adamant in the belief that Simmons still wants to be moved.

High on the list of teams likely to acquire Simmons are, according to several oddsmakers, the Warriors (including NBC Sports Powered PointsBet, which has them third-highest at +250). They’re willing to listen, because they realize listening always has value, even if no deal is consummated.

Listening, after all, does not necessarily equate to interest. According to league sources, any interest the Warriors might have in Simmons is conditional. In short, they’re not that interested as long as Draymond Green is on the roster.

There has been debate on the subject of Draymond and Ben as teammates. I’m inclined to believe it can be effective because each is a terrific defender and strong rebounder with elite passing ability. Neither is much of a shooter. But if the Warriors can succeed with Kevon Looney at center, there is reason to believe they can do so with Simmons in that spot.

The Warriors, according to sources, are divided on the subject. Some see great potential in having two skilled players thriving in the ball-movement principles, especially in transition. Simmons also happens to be six years younger than Green.

Others, however, believe having two non-shooters on the court is too crippling for an offense, even with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to overcome, particularly in the postseason.

The Warriors typically are reluctant to make a major move without a measure of consensus, if not complete unanimity. They tend to involve their personnel executives, their scouts, their coaches and their core players.

Which brings us to another possibility: Would the Warriors trade Draymond?

The first instinct is to shrug. No. Never. Not in a million years. Means too much. But that was before the franchise was pelted with shrapnel from his explosive interview with former teammate Kevin Durant.

Putting team business in the streets might make Draymond more tradable than he was a month ago, but it’s not likely he’ll be sent away in the heat of the moment. Never does a front office look smaller and more vindictive than when it trades a core player out of anger. An ownership/front office with a petty reputation is toxic when pursuing free agents.

For the record, the 76ers are not necessarily angry with Simmons. The word I’ve heard is “frustrated.” What’s clear, though, is that they are tired of his act. More obvious is that they are acutely aware Philadelphians are unwilling to forgive, much less forget, Ben’s spasm of cowardice in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Hawks on June 20.

Ben has to go. And he will.

RELATED: Simmons reportedly prefers trade to three California teams

Also high on the oddsmakers’ lists are the Kings, Trail Blazers and Raptors. (NBC Sports Powered PointsBet has the Kings and Trail Blazers tied at +150, the Raptors fourth behind the Warriors at +300.) Chances are far greater that Simmons will land with one of those teams.

The Warriors have lived with Draymond’s indiscretions for the better part of a decade. Their historic prosperity in recent years is in many ways tied to his presence. As long as Curry and Draymond are teammates, the franchise is a threat.

It’s hard to envision an offer appealing enough for the Warriors to deal for Simmons. It’s even harder to envision them trading Green against Curry’s wishes. Doesn’t mean it can’t happen, just that such a move would raise eyebrows at Chase Center and send mixed signals around the league.

Can’t imagine CEO Joe Lacob and team president Bob Myers are willing to play that game.

Download and follow the Dubs Talk Podcast

Source: Yahoo Sports

Previous

Javy Báez makes amends as Mets walk-off vs. Marlins, 6-5

Next

Opinion: Ben Simmons has no choice but to leave Sixers after being thrown under team bus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Braves try to avoid repeat against hard-to-eliminate Dodgers

For a fifth time in two seasons, the Atlanta Braves will take the field knowing that one victory will launch them into their first World Series in over two decades, although on Saturday they finally will have a distinct advantage. The Braves will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday in Game 6 of […]

Read More

Braves bounce defending champs, win NL

The Braves will take on the Houston Astros in the World Series next week. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) For the first time in more than two decades, the Atlanta Braves are headed to the World Series. The Braves, thanks to another hot night from Eddie Rosario, closed out the Los Angeles Dodgers […]

Read More

Transfer news: Ricardo Pepi wanted by Liverpool, Manchester United

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Update your settings here to see it. The latest Ricardo Pepi transfer news is that the USMNT teenage sensation has requested a move from FC Dallas and European giants are lining up to sign him. Get hyped, USMNT fans. [ MORE: How to watch Premier […]

Read More