Western Conference Team ‘Persistent’ in Pursuit of Ben Simmons

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Getty Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons reacts during a game against the Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Ben Simmons could be on the Philadelphia 76ers roster at the start of training camp on Sept. 28. But there is a full month between now and then, with a boatload of new rumors enveloping the embattled Sixers’ point guard. And, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a certain team in the Western Conference really wants Simmons.

The Minnesota Timberwolves were among the early front-runners to land Simmons back in July. A few proposed trade packages were floated out, one of them involving Jarrett Culver (he was just traded to Memphis) and a second-round pick. D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley have been mentioned to lesser degrees.

No matter the compensation, Minnesota remains a legit and “persistent” suitor for Simmons. Per Wojnarowski:

Philadelphia has continued to try to see if they can find a deal for Simmons before the start of camp. They have not had success, you know, really getting any traction for the high asking price they’re asking for for Ben Simmons. Minnesota is one team that’s been persistent with Philadelphia, but they’ve needed to have, really, third and even fourth teams in those kinds of deals to get back to Philly what it would want.

But the asking price for Simmons remains insanely high from Sixers president Daryl Morey. They seem willing to call Simmons’ bluff, per Wojnarowski, and make him report to camp if no deal is finalized:

I think for the Sixers, if they’re going to trade Ben Simmons, they’ve got to get back players right now who continue on that Joel Embiid timeline of having an MVP-level player in his prime, that you’re trying to win championships with, and that’s a hard package to get back for Ben Simmons right now. There’s a very distinct possibility he’s going to have to come back to training camp with them next season.

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