It would be for the best for both Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers to find a trade partner right away. The NBA season is just around the corner and the Sixers need to add more pieces to their roster, while Simmons needs to stop losing money.
With that in mind, it seems like Daryl Morey could be on to something right now. He knows that he may not get the All-NBA caliber player he was expected in return for Simmons, so he had to get creative.
And, according to multiple reports, the Indiana Pacers are emerging as a likely destination for the Australian, with Caris LeVert and/or Malcolm Brogdon as the two centerpieces of the potential deal.
NBA Rumors: Pacers And Sixers Are Talking About A Ben Simmons Trade
"League sources confirm that the Pacers are among the teams who have talked to the Philadelphia 76ers about a potential Simmons trade. Caris LeVert was among the players brought up in those communications, per SNY sources. It is unknown if talks between Philadelphia and Indiana have progressed beyond run-of-the-mill contact," reported Ian Begley of SNY.
"In addition to Caris LeVert, sources say the #Sixers have also inquired about Malcolm Brogdon - citing his high-level two-way game and capacity to play both guard positions as a plus alongside Joel Embiid. One more note: The #Pacers control all of their draft picks as well," added insider Jordan Schultz.
Adding Brogdon would give the Sixers another solid playmaker and versatile defender. He can also play off the bench if Tyrese Maxey is ready to start, and he's got the ability and length to play and guard multiple positions.
Obviously, there are still details to figure out and the Pacers would need to trade them before they sign an extension on October 18, so this is a story we'll have to follow pretty closely over the next couple of days.