The only thing hotter in the basketball world than Seth Curry is Sixers Twitter right now. On the heels of a new Ben Simmons report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Sixers fans are ablaze with the possibility of shipping out Simmons for Celtics All-Star wing Jaylen Brown.
Here’s an excerpt from Charania’s report:
“The Boston Celtics have engaged in conversations with the 76ers revolving around Simmons and expressed interest in the 6-foot-11 guard, sources tell The Athletic. Talks have been fluid with no traction as of yet, those sources say. Any potential Simmons deal with the Celtics would have to include All-Star forward Jaylen Brown, an ascending talent who is in the midst of another career season, averaging 25.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
The Celtics are off to a 4-6 start, winning two recent games against Miami and Orlando before losing to Dallas Saturday night. President of basketball operations Brad Stevens admitted to NBC Sports Boston that the organization is “going to find out” if it has the right group of players.”
This feels impossible, right?
The Damian Lillard dream still ruminates in the minds in the most optimistic Sixers fans, but I can’t envision that happening. I had resigned myself to stop believing Simmons could be shipped out for another star-caliber player. I was in the “let’s get a couple of role players and picks and rip the Band-Aid off” mode.
JAYLEN BROWN THOUGH?
Brown has averaged 24.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 39.7 percent from deep since the beginning of last season. He’s an ideal fit on literally any team with his mixture of scoring prowess, shooting and defense. For a Sixers team that is so fun and playing so in sync currently, Brown would seamlessly take on a significant role for this squad. Give him those Tobias Harris crunch time scoring opportunities, making the lives of both Harris and Joel Embiid easier and maneuver the starting lineup so that the Sixers would have one of the best benches in the entire NBA.
Do I really believe the Celtics would do this deal? No, but when there’s smoke, I’m going to turn into a full-on pyromaniac.
For what it’s worth, Brown is dealing with an injury of his own, as this report from Charania shortly followed his Simmons article:
Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown will likely miss 1-to-2 weeks with right hamstring strain, team says.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 8, 2021
Brown’s leg would likely fall off if he ended up in Philly because that’s just how these things go.
What about “Simmo the Savage” ending up in Boston? If there’s one fan base that has a greater disdain for Simmons than the Sixers faithful, it’s Celtics fans. They’re dealing with their own internal locker room chaos and they could potentially add a guy in Simmons who could throw it into even greater disarray? Sign me up! Let’s see how miserable Boston fans can become!
Simmons finally leaving the Sixers organization after all of this bad blood and ending up on the Celtics of all teams would be too perfect. The NBA is certainly a soap opera and there could be no greater villain in the league than Simmons in a Celtics jersey. Imagine that first game back in Philly. That atmosphere would be awesome just given that it’s a matchup with Boston, but when Matt Cord announces Simmons as a starter for Boston, the roof of the Wells Fargo Center would blow off.
Daryl Morey, please forget about NFTs for a moment and do everything in your power to get this deal done.