The Celtics have engaged in conversations with the Sixers over a possible trade for disgruntled guard Ben Simmons, in response to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.
There aren’t any indicators of an imminent deal, though talks between the 2 groups stay fluid, per Charania’s report. Nevertheless, if any blockbuster trade between the 2 sides manifests, the Celtics must embrace star ahead Jaylen Brown.
Brown made his first NBA All-Star staff final season, as he posted profession highs in factors, assists, field-goal and 3-point proportion and steals per sport. This season, the No. 3 choose in the 2016 NBA draft is averaging 25.6 factors, 6.1 rebounds and a pair of.5 assists because the Celtics have sputtered to a 4-6 begin.
Final week, the Simmons saga continued, with the Sixers reportedly fining the three-time All-Star his $360,000 sport wage for lacking Thursday’s win over the Pistons.
In coaching camp, Sixers coach Doc Rivers kicked Simmons out of his third staff observe for refusing to take part in a drill, which ultimately led to his suspension for the staff’s season opener, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix.
After the Sixers misplaced in the Japanese Convention semifinals to the Hawks, Simmons demanded a trade amid public feedback from Joel Embiid and Rivers. Over the summer season, Simmons refused to fulfill with teammates, together with Embiid, who sought to fulfill with him in Los Angeles.
Per Charania, the Sixers are looking for readability on Simmons’s pursuit of psychological well being help. Earlier this season, Simmons stated he was not mentally able to play and is reportedly not comfy with any of the psychological well being docs on the staff’s employees.
The Sixers, in the meantime, are reportedly looking for particulars on Simmons’s therapy plan, course of and a time-frame for his return, and have threatened to return to day by day fines for Simmons if he doesn’t take part in staff occasions.
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