A rumor has been circulating on Twitter that Travis Schlenk attempted to acquire Ben Simmons from the Philadelphia 76ers.
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For starters, once again, this is just a rumor. I don’t put too much stock into this, and I can’t verify the source. But let’s assume it’s true. I could see the Hawks offering Gallo and Reddish for Simmons, and I think it’s more than fair. I wouldn’t make the deal, but I think it’s fair. However, I would laugh and hang up the phone if Morey thinks that’s what he’s getting for Ben Simmons. Okongwu, Reddish, Hunter, and more is just a ridiculous asking price. I’m not sure if he noticed, but people watched Simmons absolutely flounder in the playoffs. He’s a fool for not taking a Reddish deal if it was offered.
I will say though, the rumor does make a bit of sense. Simmons would fit well in Atlanta, and we know several teams were attempting to acquire him, but Philadelphia’s asking price was astronomical. For now, Reddish is staying in Atlanta, and for that asking price from the 76ers… that isn’t going to change. However, I do expect the Hawks to be involved in most rumors for big name stars that become available moving forward.