It might be a while before the 76ers/Ben Simmons trade saga comes to a close. Per recent reports, the asking price for Ben Simmons involves multiple draft picks, pick swaps, and a young player. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski describes it as a "Harden-Esque" type of trade package.
The trade referenced here regards the deal made between the Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. With Harden headed to Brooklyn, the Rockets landed three first-round picks, four first-round pick swaps, and Caris LeVert. Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince made their way to Cleveland to round out the deal.
No matter what Houston does with the newfound capital, they received a massive slew of assets for their star. The point of emphasis in this current situation points to Philadelphia seeking a similar return for Simmons.
Ben Simmons' trade value
Though they seek a premium haul of assets for him, Ben Simmons only garners so much favor inside the league right now. As we all know, he grossly underperformed in the playoffs this year. His lack of aggression and poor free-throw shooting played a leading part in Philadelphia's early playoff exit. While teams still have interest in him for what he excels at, there stands a limit for each suitor.
Thus far, the 76ers seemed to have ignored this change in how their star point guard is viewed. Last month, the team rejected an offer from Indiana that would have sent Malcolm Brogdon and a first-round pick the other way. More recent rumors suggest that they asked the Raptors for most of their starting five in return for Simmons. Additionally, they asked for four picks, three pick swaps, and a young player from San Antonio.
This all presents the idea that the 76ers may forego a trade and bring back Ben Simmons. The asking price for him appears way too high for any current suitor's liking. Whether that will remain the case for the entire offseason, we can't know at this point. While it all seems bleak now, things can still change as we go deeper into the offseason.