The 76ers recently opened up trade conversations featuring Simmons with other teams and are seeking an "All-Star-caliber player in return," a source tells Shams Charania of The Athletic. Philadelphia's interest in at least exploring the trade market for Simmons comes as little surprise after the 2016 No. 1 overall pick was a major disappointment during the team's seven-game series loss to the Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals round. Though Simmons won't turn 25 until later this month, is a two-time All-Defensive first-team member and remains under contract through 2024-25, his skill set doesn't appear to mesh well with star center Joel Embiid, which has led Philadelphia to explore retooling its roster. According to Charania, interest in Simmons around the league remains robust, but it's unclear if a team is willing to surrender the type of compensation package the 76ers would be seeking in any potential trade.
Simmons ended with just five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT), 13 assists, eight rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes during Sunday's 103-96 loss to the Hawks. Simmons capitulated on the offensive end once again Sunday as the 76ers fell out of the playoffs at the hands of the Hawks. After what can only be described as a horrendous stretch of games, Simmons' future is sure to be a hot topic moving forward, as the Sixers may finally be forced to choose between he and Joel Embiid. At this point, Philadelphia virtually has to explore moving the 24-year-old, whose regular-season scoring average has dropped in each of the last three seasons.
Simmons registered eight points (2-4 FG, 4-14 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block across 38 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Hawks. Simmons ended just two points and one assist away from a double-double, but his offensive performance in this game left a lot to be desired -- he missed 10 of his 14 shots from the charity stripe and only a few more makes could've changed the outcome of this pivotal contest. Simmons has looked downright poor offensively during the series, as he's scored 11 or fewer points in three of the five contests so far.
Simmons posted 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-5 FT), 12 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks across 36 minutes in Monday's loss against the Hawks. Simmons ended just one assist away from posting his second triple-double of the playoff run, and while he's surpassed the 20-point mark just once, he continues to deliver value across the board due to his contributions in other categories. It's safe to expect Simmons to be the third-best scoring player almost on a nightly basis for the Sixers behind Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, but he still represents a strong fantasy asset in all formats due to his versatility and capacity to stuff the stat sheet on a regular basis.
Simmons notched 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-8 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and a steal across 34 minutes in Friday's win over the Hawks. Simmons bounced back from an ugly Game 2 performance where he only scored four points, but his real value has been as a passer thus far -- he's dished out at least seven dimes in all but one of his playoff games this season. Despite his uncanned offensive ability, Simmons has been excelling as a passer this postseason and should remain a reliable offensive threat capable of contributing in more than just one category going forward.
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