How broken are Boston’s chemistry and ball movement?
Enough to trade for Ben Simmons?
The Boston Celtics have engaged in conversations with the 76ers revolving around Simmons and expressed interest in the 6-foot-11 guard, sources tell The Athletic. Talks have been fluid with no traction as of yet, those sources say. Any potential Simmons deal with the Celtics would have to include All-Star forward Jaylen Brown
Simmons, with his ability to get his team in transition and sharp passing skill, could help Boston.
But he’s not as valuable in a vacuum as Brown, a talented individual multi-level wing scorer who plays solid defense. Brown’s style lends itself well to the playoffs, where Simmons has disappeared.
I wouldn’t read too much into negotiations that, even according to this report, have gained no traction.
Of course, the Celtics are interested in Simmons. He’s a productive young player. Nearly every team should be at least interested, and a call to Philadelphia never hurts. But there’s a big difference between interest and meeting the 76ers’ high asking price. There’s no indication Boston will do the latter.
Talk of Simmons to Boston, where he’s particularly mocked for his lack of shooting, is juicy. But that doesn’t make it realistic.