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76ers reject a Ben Simmons/Malcolm Brogdon trade offer from Indiana

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It looks like Ben Simmons will remain with the 76ers a little while longer. Per Jason Dumas, Philadelphia rejected an offer for their three-time all-star from the Indiana Pacers. The deal would have sent Malcolm Brogdon and a first-round pick the other way.

Dumas also shared that the team would only trade Simmons for an all-star caliber player. They are fielding offers, though, in the meantime.

Following their series loss to the Atlanta Hawks, many called for the 76ers to trade Ben Simmons. He received a slew of criticism for his play down the stretch in the match-up. Still reeling from the season’s end, the organization, by force contemplates its future.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst did say that about a dozen teams had an interest in making a trade for Simmons. Although, up to this point, the only team we knew of was the Minnesota Timberwolves. With this news, we now know that Pacers have a stake in it as well.

Will the 76ers trade Ben Simmons?

There remains a wave of uncertainty surrounding Simmons’ status in Philadelphia. When asked about whether he’ll return next year, team president Daryl Morey replied, “none of us can predict the future.” It’s a rather ambiguous answer, but one that implies he may not. Though other reports suggest that Ben Simmons will stay with the 76ers, it evidently won’t detract teams from making an offer for him.

Many people well-versed with the situation have posed their arguments. Some have argued that the 76ers should have moved Simmons long ago. Others have posed multiple reasons why they still shouldn’t trade him. This dilemma stems from the fact that the 76ers spent years tanking to become a championship team eventually. And yet, so far, they haven’t even reached the Eastern Conference finals. After four years of the same results, it stands to question what more they need to do. We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses.

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