As the Lakers continue to rack up losses and put on a worrying face, general manager Rob Pelinka is moving heaven and earth in the transfer market. Among the providential goals the name of Ben Simmons inevitably stands out… but is this possible and desirable? We take stock.
If it’s not a crisis, it looks like one. Weighed down by some Nuggets who played walking (133-96), the Lakers returned to negative balance and never stopped worrying. Half of the season has already passed, and if Frank Vogel has dozens of problems to solve, that of the failed integration of russell westbrook, star recruit of the summer, seems to be the biggest.
The clash with LeBron James is not carried away, the Brodie disappoints, mentally accuses the blow, and the question of a trade from the side of the city of angels necessarily arises. Problem: The former Thunder is close to $44 million this season… and will touch $47 next year! It is not easy, therefore, to find a trading partner that wants to recover the leader at this price, especially since the latter seems to be in decline.
Ben Simmons track, fantasy of many Lakers fans
In this context, the idea of Ben Simmons in Los Angeles it is obviously gaining ground. In December, moreover, Shams Charania revealed that the Lakers were in the running for the Australian’s services, determined never to play in Philadelphia again. A deal is financially feasible, and there’s no question the point guard appears to be a much more attractive option for Angelenos.
His massive defensive talents would already restore the look of a struggling California team on that side of the field, especially around a Davis-LeBron-Simmons trio. On the other side of the field, the Sixers player is also certainly a poor shooter, but his ability to attack the circle, organize an attack and engage the other players is well established.
The good idea, then? Not so fast. The biggest obstacle to getting such a deal is, in fact, the Sixers. The latter just don’t want Westbrook, his declining contract and production, and GM Daryl Morey is determined not to make the same mistake he did in Houston. The front office expects younger, better players in exchange for Simmons, and isn’t afraid to wait another few months (at least) if necessary.
The track, therefore, takes a big advantage on the sideline, except to go through an exchange with 3 or 4 teams. Let us also remember that Joel Embid he does not seem frankly favorable to an arrival of the Brodies at his side. In top form of late, the Cameroonian recently urged his managers not to do much on the market, explaining that the Sixers already have “everything we need”.
Many Lakers fans dream of seeing Ben Simmons join his friends at Klutch Sports on the Lakers, but the situation in Philadelphia makes this deal almost unlikely. And with value getting lower and lower, the Westbrook trade and his contract gets more and more complicated…