IF 3 PISTONS IS BEST OFFER THEY GET, SIXERS SHOULD KEEP SIMMONS!

By Tommy Matthews

I am among those who want the Sixers to trade Ben Simmons so badly that sometimes I think a bag of walnuts would be a fair swap.

Can a bag of walnuts dunk?

And the latest reported offer isn’t a bag of walnuts, but it’s close.

According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the Pistons offered the Sixers a package of Jerami Grant, Saddiq Bey, Kelly Olynyk and a first-round pick, one quickly rebuffed by Daryl Morey:

The Pistons’ package of Grant, Saddiq Bey, Kelly Olynyk and a first-round pick, for example, was not met with much enthusiasm by Philadelphia brass, league sources told B/R.

Detroit’s proposed deal could be the most attractive the Sixers receive before the trade deadline on Feb. 10. But Morey has remained steadfast in his desire to acquire an All-Star-caliber player in any Simmons trade, and recent reporting suggests the Sixers will be comfortable letting this ongoing drama drag into the offseason.

Grant has emerged as arguably the hottest name on the trade market. The Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers have all shown interest in the 27-year-old, according to Bleacher Report.

Jerami Grant, eligible for a four-year, $112 million extension this summer, is averaging 20.1 points and 4.8 rebounds this season on below-average efficiency. Still, his ability to score at all three levels and capably defend superstar wings makes Grant an eminently attractive trade target for teams hoping to reach a higher plane of championship contention in both 2021-22 and going forward.

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