How could the Warriors actually trade for Ben Simmons?

76ers guard Ben Simmons vs. the Warriors. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
76ers guard Ben Simmons vs. the Warriors. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Warriors and 76ers are rumored to be in trade talks for All-Star point guard Ben Simmons. What would it take to make a deal happen?

The Ben Simmons continues to stretch on, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

According to new reports, the Warriors and 76ers are talking again about what it would take to send Simmons out west.

Is it even possible for this trade to get done? It all depends on what the 76ers are willing to sacrifice off their original asking price, with the relationship between team and player breaking down even further.

What a Ben Simmons trade could look like for the Warriors

The Warriors reportedly rejected an offer from the 76ers involving Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, both of this year’s first-round picks and two future first-rounders.

That was clearly way too high of an asking price for a player who Philadelphia doesn’t believe in.

Now, Simmons has apparently cut off communication with the 76ers organization and they’re getting more desperate to offload him.

So let’s re-examine that first offer and split the difference.

The 76ers could still get Wiggins and Wiseman, two players with great upside while settling for just one of this year’s picks. For the purposes of this exercise, we’re including Moses Moody, but Jonathan Kuminga could work just as well.

While the Warriors would still have to give up assets they’d rather not part with, they wouldn’t have to sell out their future by clearing out draft picks to acquire Simmons.

Simmons could be a huge get for Golden State, with four years left on his contract and an exceptional skillset (if you ignore his shooting issues). However, is he an addition that would definitely give the Warriors a shot at another NBA title? That’s the ultimate question.

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