Cleveland Cavaliers a ‘team to watch’ in Ben Simmons trade stand-off

Could Ben Simmons land with LeBron James’ hometown team? The Cavaliers have just been named as a team to watch in his NBA trade stand-off.

Ben Simmons brings the ball up court against the Cleveland Cavaliers in April this year. Picture: Jason Miller/Getty Images
Ben Simmons brings the ball up court against the Cleveland Cavaliers in April this year. Picture: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Cleveland could be Ben Simmons’ eventual destination.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski named the Cavs as a “team to watch” in the Simmons sweepstakes in a segment on Christmas, citing the team’s assets — which include a slew of young players in Collin Sexton, Evan Mobley, Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen and Lauri Markkanen — and the fact that they were involved in talks before starting the season surprisingly well.

Taking on Simmons, who hasn’t played this year citing mental health issues, comes with intrinsic risk. The point guard struggled badly in the playoffs last year, leading to questions about whether Philadelphia could win with him in their line-up. Thanks to his refusal to play for the Sixers, Simmons has also become persona non grata in the city and tanked his trade value.

In October, Sixers GM Daryl Morey said the situation “is going to go a long time” because he wasn’t willing to accept a watered-down package for the former No.1 overall pick.

Two months later, things are still locked into place, and don’t look to be changing anytime soon. The rumour mill has been relatively quiet, especially with rosters across the league being affected by Covid-19.

Ben Simmons dribbles the ball against Darius Garland in a February 76ers vs Cavaliers NBA game. Could Simmons end up being traded to the Cavs? Picture: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
Ben Simmons dribbles the ball against Darius Garland in a February 76ers vs Cavaliers NBA game. Could Simmons end up being traded to the Cavs? Picture: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Simmons could help a team, in theory; he is, after all, a three-time All-Star and just 25 years old. But there’s a lot of unknowns, even before getting to the shooting issues that contributed heavily to Philadelphia’s early playoff exit last year.

That’s what makes the situation so hard to resolve.

Perhaps Cleveland — a team that looks ready to contend sooner than it might have thought — can be the solution.

– The New York Post

Tim Elbra
Tim ElbraDeputy editor

Tim Elbra is the deputy editor of CODE. He started out as a reporter at The Daily Telegraph in 2003 and has also worked for mX, NRL.com, Fox Sports, AthletesVoice and Nine's Wide World of Sports. Tim was one of those kids who played every sport he possibly could while growing up and you’ll find him writing about a broad range of sports on this site. He’s never met a sport he doesn’t like and outside of footy, cricket and tennis, has a passion for snowboarding, bodyboarding, scuba diving and hiking. He’s still waiting, impatiently, for the Parramatta Eels to win another premiership.

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