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Report: Cavaliers believe they have pieces for Ben Simmons trade

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the middle of another rebuilding phase, but they may be able to accelerate it very quickly with a trade for a young star.

According to Chris Fedor of cleveland.com, the Cavaliers have interest in Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons, and believe they have enough pieces to interest Philadelphia in a potential trade. The Cavaliers will pick in the top six of the upcoming draft, and have also stockpiled assets on their roster that could interest the Sixers.

Fedor lists last year’s fifth overall pick Darius Garland as a possible piece that could interest Philadelphia.

It’s hard to say how realistic a Simmons trade is. There has been plenty of talk about his ability to coexist with Joel Embiid and the lack of success the Sixers have had with the two players as their centerpieces, even though Embiid has downplayed any tension. In addition, with Simmons unlikely to play again this season, there’s something of an excuse for the Sixers if they don’t go far in the postseason. It’s fair to ask whether Philadelphia would really want to trade Simmons at this point coming off an injury unless someone gives them a huge haul.

There has been talk in the past that some within the Philadelphia organization would be open to trading Simmons, but it’s never been realistically explored. Perhaps the Cavaliers are serious about trying to test the Sixers’ resolve.

Ben Simmons to undergo left knee surgery, possibly out for season

The Philadelphia 76ers will likely be without Ben Simmons for some time after the forward elected to undergo left knee surgery.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons will leave the Orlando bubble to undergo a procedure to remove a loose body from his left knee.

No official timetable for his recovery was immediately available, but Wojnarowski reported that a deep playoff run would likely be required for him to return this season, and even that would not be a sure thing.

Simmons left Wednesday’s game with a knee injury that was ultimately ruled to be a partially dislocated kneecap. The Sixers originally hoped he would be able to rest for a bit and come back and play through the issue, but that clearly isn’t the case.

The 24-year-old forward is averaging 16.4 points, 8.0 assists, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game this season. His absence will be a significant blow for Philadelphia’s hopes of a deep playoff run.

Ben Simmons out indefinitely with left knee injury

The Philadelphia 76ers appear likely to be without Ben Simmons for at least the foreseeable future.

Simmons suffered a subluxation of the left patella, essentially meaning a partially dislocated kneecap. The Sixers simply said he is “out” without putting a timetable on his recovery.

While we don’t know how much time Simmons will miss, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer noted that a similar injury in 2008 kept Andrew Bynum out for several months.

The initial word on Simmons seemed positive after he left Wednesday’s game early due to the non-contact injury. Obviously, a full examination revealed something more severe. Hopefully he’s able to return before too long.

Ben Simmons had no swelling or pain after leaving game with knee injury

The Philadelphia 76ers got a major injury scare on Wednesday, but early indications are at least positive.

Ben Simmons left Wednesday’s game with an injured left knee and was very quickly ruled out for the day. Simmons was seen walking to the locker room with a slight limp, but according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there was no swelling or pain after he left the court.

While we need to wait for more information, that’s at least a positive sign to start with. The Sixers can probably weather a minor Simmons injury, but it would be a serious blow if he were out for any lengthy period.

Simmons is averaging 16.6 points, 8.1 assists, and 7.8 rebounds per game so far this season.

Joel Embiid wants to play with Ben Simmons for rest of his career

Skepticism over fit has dogged Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons for much of their time together in Philadelphia, but the duo themselves appear to share no such concerns.

This week on “The Rights to Ricky Sanchez” podcast, the Sixers star Embiid said that he wants to play with Simmons for the rest of his NBA career.

“When you think about it, this is only our third year together playing,” he said. “A lot of people, they always expect. We’ve only played for three years. The potential that we have. And I love him and want to be with him for the rest of my career because I think he still has a lot of potential, and me too.

“We can get so much better than we are right now,” Embiid went on. “I don’t ever see the point of playing with somebody else. That’s someone I would love to play with for the rest of my career.”

This is indeed the third season that the 24-year-old Simmons and the 26-year-old Embiid have played together. Critics will point to the duo’s failure to make it out of the second round over that span as well as the perceived incompatibility between their ball-dominant, floor-shrinking play styles.

That being said however, the Sixers may have discovered the best way to deploy their star tandem, and both players are still young enough to continue to grow and expand their games together.

Ben Simmons smoothly hit a three-pointer during Sixers scrimmage game

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons is providing us with a little bit of evidence that chatter about his improved outside game might not be just talk.

Simmons knocked down a three-pointer in Friday’s scrimmage game against the Memphis Grizzlies, converting a clean look from the corner.

For now, Simmons making a three is still newsworthy. He had made two this season, the first two of his NBA career, but on only six attempts. He had gone 0-for-17 from the perimeter in his first two seasons in the league.

Simmons may see a position shift in Orlando, and adding even a bit of perimeter shooting would make him that much more dangerous. His coach has been hyping him up ahead of the restart, so maybe highlights like this really are a sign of things to come.

Sixers head coach hypes up Ben Simmons’ 3-point shot

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons’ outside shot has long been the glaring weakness in his game, but there may be reason to believe it’s improving.

Simmons has been working on his 3-point shot in practice for the Philadelphia 76ers lately, according to head coach Brett Brown.

“He shot more threes in practice the last few days than he might have in almost half a season. He looks good, he feels good, and I know he’s getting tremendous encouragement from his teammates,” Brown said on Thursday, via The Athletic’s Derek Bodner.

Simmons, who was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016, was 0-for-17 on threes in his first two seasons. This season he was 2-for-6 prior to the season’s suspension. His overall field goal percentage has improved to 58.5 percent this season, too.

So why might he be working on his three-point shot? With Shake Milton rising to prominence during Simmons’ absence, Philly may be doing some lineup shuffling. That would result in Simmons playing forward more during the restart in Orlando for the 39-26 76ers.