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Timberwolves are in talks with the 76ers about acquiring Ben Simmons

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 22: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers waits for a pass during the first half of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on February 22, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Ben Simmons has found himself in many hypothetical trades since a rough outing in the 2021 NBA playoffs. The Minnesota Timberwolves have already made their interest in the 24-year-old point guard known. It’s uncertain whether or not Simmons will actually be traded or where to. However, you can count on the T-Wolves making advances for the young talent this offseason. Minnesota reportedly discussed a trade for Ben Simmons with 76ers GM Elton Brand at the 2021 NBA Combine in Chicago.

Ben Simmons averaged roughly 14 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in a year shortened by injury. The former Rookie-of-the-Year is already a three-time NBA All-Star in his young career. He’s also been awarded one All-NBA team nod and named to two All-Defensive teams. He’s got immense potential and is undeniably one of the best point guards in the league. He has some glaring flaws, but his own coach has stated that he doesn’t think they will take much to fix.

Minnesota does not have their first-round pick in this year’s draft, losing it to Golden State in part of a trade for point guard D’Angelo Russell. It would not be surprising to see them be aggressive on the trade market after missing the playoffs for the 16th time in 17 seasons. Without any significant picks to make in this year’s NBA Draft, the Wolves could easily be active in discussions to add more talent to their team via trade.

The cost is nowhere near certain for the T-Wolves to make a successful trade for Ben Simmons. They should prepare to act aggressively, though. Plenty of teams have shown interest in Simmons, and some have even already started making offers. The Timberwolves’ consistent woes make their draft picks more lucrative than the average team, though. Depending on how willing they are to move future draft picks, they could easily assemble a sufficient package to pry away Ben Simmons from the 76ers.

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