Jean Wallthe history of his contracts and injuries prevent him from being a realistic option for the Sixers as they try to develop a Ben simmons trade written Derek Bodner of The Athletic. The Rockets and Wall agreed he would no longer play until he was traded elsewhere, but the president of Philadelphia basketball operations Daryl morey is looking for a much bigger comeback for Simmons than the 31-year-old point guard.
Wall will earn $ 44.3 million this season and has a player option of $ 47.4 million for 2022/23, which means he, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris would occupy a large portion of the Sixers’ salary cap over the next two years. Philadelphia can only recoup around $ 39.5 million from trading Simmons, so the team should include at least one more player in any deal for Wall.
Wall only appeared 40 games last season, which was his first after returning from an Achilles tendon injury. Although he averaged 20.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per night, his overall play and form alongside Embiid is cause for concern due to his limited outside shot. Bodner believes the Rockets should include several high-value draft picks to get Morey’s attention and doesn’t view the teams as realistic business partners.
There is more to Philadelphia:
- ESPN’s Brian Windhorst hears that Sixers fans are part of the reason Simmons wants to leave. Appearing on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Windhorst says Simmons’ relationship with the city deteriorated last season (hats off to Alek Arend from The Spun). “It’s not just that he doesn’t want to play there anymore”, Windhorst said. “He doesn’t want to be in front of these fans. I don’t think he ever intends to show his face there again unless he’s part of the visiting team.
- The Simmons drama will continue to loom over the Sixers until it relates to the team or is traded, states Marcus Hayes of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Simmons has insisted he will not be present when training camp opens this week, and he has reportedly turned down an offer to meet with teammates who want to iron out the situation. Hayes argues that Simmons’ position shows a lack of concern for his teammates, the organization that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft and the fan base that has supported him.
- Gina Mizell of The Philadelphia Inquirer examines several other boot camp scenarios, including how Embiid is adjusting to the post-Simmons era, second-year guard development Tyrese Maxey and other young players, and the addition of André Drummond, who has a long-standing rivalry with Embiid.