SIXERS SIMMONS TO CAVS? 4 PICKS ARE WORTH MORE THAN LOVE!

By Jerry Wein

Here’s a trade proposal from ESPN:

The Sixers trade Ben Simmons to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kevin Love, 2022 first-round pick (unprotected), 2024 first-round pick (top-4 protected in 2024, unprotected in 2025), and 2026 first-round pick (available two years after 2024 pick conveys, top-4 protected in 2026 and 2027, unprotected in 2028).

ESPN on the deal:

Both sides would be taking huge risks here.

Cleveland risks giving up multiple high picks if Simmons doesn’t lead the team back to the playoffs, while Philadelphia could be parting with Simmons for only middling picks and have to pay Love the remaining $60 million and change on his contract.

Still, Morey didn’t get where he is by avoiding risks. If the 76ers are convinced Simmons isn’t bluffing about never playing for the team again, a trade like this would be the best way to spin his value forward until a star becomes available.

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