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NBA trade rumors: The Ben Simmons saga
Simmons and his camp have reaffirmed their stance that the three-time All-Star intends to never play for the Philadelphia 76ers again. Now, with training camp opening in the matter of days, it seems highly unlikely that he will report.
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All of this comes amid a front office shake up with the Minnesota Timberwolves (more on that below). Minnesota had been linked to Simmons in trade talks over the past several weeks. Meanwhile, Warriors owner Joe Lacob was just fined $50,000 by the NBA for violating its anti-tampering rule as it relates to Simmons. Said comments in regards to Simmons suggests that Golden State is not interested in adding him to the mix. This comes after odds favored the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year finalist heading to San Francisco.
Andrew Wiggins situation with the Golden State Warriors
Reports this past summer indicated that Golden State had pushed back against trading Wiggins in order to bring in Simmons or another high-profile player. While that might still be the case, recent reports indicating that Wiggins has pushed back against getting the COVID-19 vaccine could change things here.
San Francisco mandates that any individual attempting a large indoor gathering must be vaccinated. Thus far, the NBA has indicated that it won’t make players exempt from the mandate, meaning that Wiggins could be forced to sit home games. Needless to say, that’d have a major impact on the Warriors’ hopes of returning to championship contention. Whether this means a trade could be in the cards remains to be seen.
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Minnesota Timberwolves drama and front office shake up
Immediately ahead of the start of training camp, Minnesota fired president and front office head Gersson Rosas. This was an absolute shocker to those around the NBA world. Since then, reports have come out indicating that he created a “toxic culture” within the organization.
The move comes with Alex Rodriguez set to take over as majority owner within the matter of a year or so. It also comes with Minnesota being linked to the aforementioned Ben Simmons in NBA trade rumors. It’s not yet known what this move means for the Wolves moving forward. Could Simmons now be a part of trade talks with D’Angelo Russell being linked to the 76ers? Time will tell on that front.
Dallas Mavericks continue to eye Goran Dragic
It remains to be seen how long this veteran point guard will be in Toronto after being a part of the Kyle Lowry blockbuster trade with the Miami Heat this past summer. Initially, reports suggested that he’d be flipped to Dallas in a separate trade. That might no longer be the case. Rather, the Mavericks could opt to wait and see if Dragic is bought out by the Raptors and sign him on the cheap. Dallas has added Sterling Brown, Reggie Bullock and Moses Brown to the mix this summer. It needs a veteran point guard.
Multiple teams in on Isaiah Thomas
Two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas deserves to be given another shot. While injuries have derailed the 32-year-old’s career, said shot could come in the form of the ultra-active Lakers.
Even after acquiring Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster trade, Los Angeles needs more help at the point guard position. Meanwhile, Thomas also worked out for the Golden State Warriors. They are in need of a backup point guard behind Stephen Curry.
New Orleans Pelicans looking into Buddy Hield?
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the New Orleans Pelicans had engaged in trade talks with the Sacramento Kings ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft. That included Josh Hart potentially heading to Sacramento in a sign-and-trade for Hield. Now that Hart re-signed with the Pelicans, it’s an open question whether Hield is an option. What we do know is that Sacramento has an excess of guards. It will likely move the veteran ahead of the trade deadline.
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Atlanta Hawks open to trading Cam Reddish
Just a couple years after selecting Reddish with the 10th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Hawks are looking to move off the young wing. According to multiple media reports, Atlanta is open to trading Reddish for what would likely be a non-lottery selection in a future draft.
Reddish, 21, still offers a tremendous amount of upside for interested teams despite missing all but 26 games this past season to injury. The Duke product is averaging 10.7 points and 3.8 rebounds on 38% shooting from the field during his two-year career.
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Author: Vincent Frank