Are the Timberwolves the ideal option to trade Ben Simmons?


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Are the Timberwolves the ideal option to trade Ben Simmons?

As the inconvenience and lack of communication between the 76ers and Simmons continue, Karl Towns and Minnesota have appeared as one of the destinations for the disgruntled player.

Problems continue in the relationship between Ben simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers to the point that the team would not pay the $ 8.25 million corresponding to his contract, since there is no intention of the player to appear for training.

The most feasible for the Sixers will be to trade Simmons and according to reports San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves They would be among those interested who would like to have the services of the first pick of the 2016 draft and 3 times All Star.

The 6’11 ”point guard signed a 5-year, $ 169.65 million contract extension tying him through 2025, earning $ 31.5 million this 2021-22 season.

Karl Towns and the Timberwolves could be one of the destinations of Ben Simmons, taking into account that in recent seasons he has been classified as an elite among defensive players and his ability to defend multiple positions makes his value on the opposite side of the court more attractive.

Twice selected to the league’s Defensive First Team, Third Team and leader in steals in 2020, Simmons would look like an ideal choice for a Timberwolves team, which most statistics point to as one of the worst teams. defensive players of recent years in the NBA.

But the salary for 2021-22 and the total of the contract will not be easy to move for the 76ers despite the reports of the interested parties and in many cases it would need a third team to be able to complete a transfer.

In the specific case of the Timberwolves, a salary similar to that of Simmons would be that of D’Angelo Russell who will also earn above $ 30 million in the 2021-22 season, but it seems unlikely that Minnesota would want to part with a talent that is also great friend of the star of the team, Karl-Anthony Towns, much less after everything expressed by the Dominican during Media Day and how difficult the changes in the organization have been.

Despite the arrival of a talent like Ben Simmons along with Towns, Russell and Anthony Edwards, it would form an interesting team with the aim of reaching the Playoffs for the first time since the 2017-18 season.


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