The Sixers have reportedly engaged with several teams on the Ben Simmons trade front. The Knicks don’t have the coveted “Top 25 player” Daryl Morey is pursuing, but a wealth of draft assets and young talent could still give them an avenue to acquiring the Sixers’ beleaguered All-Star.
“To acquire Simmons in a multi-team deal, the Knicks would have to part with significant young talent and draft compensation.
Last offseason, some Knicks decision-makers believed that they’d have to include RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, and Immanuel Quickley in a package to acquire a top player in his prime.”
So, with that in mind, let’s figure out how exactly New York could acquire Simmons ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline.
The Knicks are interested in Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons – what would a trade look like? 76ers Get Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Kemba Walker Knicks Get Ben Simmons Kenrich Williams Paul Reed Mike Muscala Thunder Get R.J. Barrett Immanuel Quickley Derrick Rose 2022 first-round pick, 2023 first-round pick
The noise around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is worth monitoring, even if he’s likely to spend the next five years in OKC. If there is any doubt in the Thunder front office, a fruitful package of young talent and draft compensation could do the trick. Simmons is a defender above all else, and Tom Thibodeau loves defense.