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NBA trade rumors: Ben Simmons trade talks heat up with the Cavaliers being a team to watch

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To be traded, or not to be traded, that is the question with Ben Simmons. The trade talks halted with COVID-19 taking over the NBA and teams scrambling to have enough healthy players. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the front runner to land the former all-star of the Philadelphia 76ers.

As trade talks are finally heating up, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN wants NBA fans to keep an eye out on Simmons and the Cavs. It only seems like a matter of time until a Woj Bomb comes out.

�But here�s an interesting team to watch: the Cleveland Cavaliers, who before they went on this really incredible start to the season, had been engaged with Philly on Simmons. They�ve got some really intriguing assets, either in a straight deal or perhaps a three- or four-team deal. It was reported earlier J.B. Bickerstaff agreed to a new extension today through 2026-27. This is a team in Cleveland that�s just a game out of third place.”

Adrian Wojnarowski

The Ben Simmons trade saga continues, but he might finally see the court again on another team. Simmons has struggled with mental health issues in Philadelphia and wants to be happy and healthy playing basketball.

�Philly�s a team right now, in that bunched up East, who could be out of the play-in with a couple of losses, the way it�s bunched up. So expect Philly to start talking more with teams as we get closer to that Feb. 10 deadline, and it will be interesting to see if Cleveland re-engages as a team that I think�s built for long-term success with all their young players. Ben Simmons is only 25 years old; he does fit into the timeline of that team.�

Adrian Wojnarowski

Cleveland has expendable pieces, as Collin Sexton has been on the trade block since this summer. He is a restricted free agent next summer but is out for the season after a knee injury. It is safe to say everyone on the Cavaliers besides star rookie Evan Mobley is on the block. The team has young players and picks, and they also have the veteran Kevin Love.

Philadelphia is 17-16 and sixth in the East, while Cleveland is 20-13 and fifth. A Simmons trade between these two could shake up the Eastern Conference.

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