Warriors reportedly left out of Simmons’ draw and won’t make the All-Star


The Philadelphia 76ers are listening to offers for Ben Simmons, but they’ve been clear to teams from the start – they want an All-Star-level player to return to any profession. Philly is a winning team and will not be taking over draft picks or role players; they want players who can fit next to Joel Embiid over a competitor.

The Golden State Warriors are not that team. They are not participating in the Simmons raffle, reports Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Simmons, the only All-Star known to be bought by his team, is also unlikely to land with the Warriors. The 76ers are asking for a massive transport that includes an All-Star level player. According to a league source, Golden State would not be willing to give up what it would take to get Simmons.

The Warriors don’t launch any of their Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green cores in any trade. Any deal for Simmons would be more like this project’s No.7 and 14 picks, James Wiseman and Andrew Wiggins (for salary matching). That doesn’t give the 76ers an All-Stars, and they don’t really need Wiseman with Joel Embiid as the main center.

Curry, Thompson and Green have pushed the Warriors to trade their two lottery picks for a star player who can help them win now. Their main targets are Bradley Beal with the Wizards or Damian Lillard with the Trail Blazers, except none of them have requested a trade and they are unavailable.

The only name that several sources have linked to the Warriors – and the one mentioned by Letourneau – is Raptors Pascal Siakam. He has league experience and was an All-NBA player in the 2020 season which saw his effectiveness (especially his 3-point shot) drop last season. If Kyle Lowry leaves Toronto as a free agent, the Raptors may want to leave Siakam and its reasonable price. Both the Warriors’ lottery picks and perhaps Wiseman would be a good move for Toronto, and Wiggins is a Canadian who would be a draw north of the border.

If Warriors general manager Bob Myers is going to trade those picks, time is running out. The 2021 NBA Draft is July 29.


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