League-Shifting Haul on the Table, Proposed Trade Involves Moving Ben Simmons

Published March 20, 2023 at 12:27

After a tumultuous season with the Brooklyn Nets, it seems like former Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons may be on the move again. Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes recently proposed a trade that would send Simmons to the Chicago Bulls, along with Cam Thomas and a package of future first-round draft picks.

Bulls Receive: Simmons, Cam Thomas, 2023 first-round pick, 2025 first-round pick (from the Phoenix Suns), 2027 first-round pick (Houston Rockets have the right to swap), 2027 first-round pick (from the Sixers)

Nets Receive: Zach LaVine

Although Simmons' on-court performance has been disappointing since leaving the Sixers, Hughes suggests that the Bulls would be willing to take on his contract as part of a larger rebuilding strategy. The Nets, in turn, would benefit from adding a high-scoring player like Zach LaVine to their roster.

But before any trades can take place, Simmons himself has undergone a significant change. On March 17, it was announced that he had parted ways with Klutch Sports, his longtime agency. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that Simmons and Klutch had "mutually decided to part ways," with Simmons seeking a fresh start elsewhere.

According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Simmons is expected to be represented by Bernie Lee, a veteran agent who has helped guide players through challenging situations in the past. Lee's client list includes Jimmy Butler, Justin Holiday, and Kris Dunn, among others.

With a new agent and the possibility of a unique team on the horizon, it seems that Ben Simmons may be looking for a fresh start both on and off the court.

As Ben Simmons parts ways with Klutch Sports and potentially faces a trade to the Chicago Bulls, many wonder if he can regain his former glory on the court. With the help of his new agent, Bernie Lee, there is hope that Simmons can once again become the player he was during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers.

However, recent reports on Simmons' health have raised concerns. While Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn stated that Simmons had not had any setbacks and is progressing in his recovery, there is still no timetable for his return. This has led some, like Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire, to predict that Simmons may never play another game for the Nets.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Simmons' future, the fact remains that the Nets still owe him a significant amount of money. With a contract of $35.4 million this season, $37.9 million next season, and $40.3 million the season after that, the Nets may have to consider their options if Simmons continues to struggle with staying on the court. Only time will tell if Bernie Lee's reputation can help Simmons regain his former status as an NBA star.
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