Ben Simmons business news; Rumors, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks John Collins Trade, Updates

With just a month to go until the NBA trade deadline, Ben Simmons is still a 76er and still on the sidelines refusing to dress.

The playmaker told the organization he was still not mentally fit to return to play while Sixers general manager Daryl Morey remained steadfast in his position that they would only trade Simmons for an All-Star caliber player.

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While a number of teams have been linked with Simmons, no formal offer has been made.

Tue 11 Jan

Tuesday January 11

Today, the team that triggered the Australian’s vertiginous fall, the Atlanta Hawks, have become a major landing spot.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania has revealed that John Collins’ dissatisfaction with the Hawks may be the key to making things happen.

“The Hawks are an emerging potential landing point for Simmons, whose defensive-caliber game of the year would surely elevate one of the league’s last five defenses,” Charania wrote.

“Going through the Hawks’ list, it’s obvious that John Collins – who signed a five-year, $ 125 million (AU $ 175 million) contract in restricted free agency last offseason – and Cam Reddish are among the players who might accept a package for Simmons. “

“Collins, however, has grown increasingly frustrated with his role in Atlanta, multiple sources told The Athletic.

John Collins remains frustrated with the Hawks.Source: AFP

John Collins remains frustrated with the Hawks.

“His shot-per-game attempts and usage rate have declined in each of the past three seasons, although the athletic and energetic Collins has improved his offensive repertoire.”

It comes after Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk spoke candidly about their future after slipping to 12th in the Eastern Conference.

“Every team we play comes out and gets 130 (points). The common denominator is us. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and realize that this is us, ”he told Atlanta radio station 92.9 The Game.

“I’m definitely the one responsible for getting these people out there. I have to accept this responsibility that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to bring everyone back. It’s mine.

“We have a few weeks before the trade deadline. This is what I need to understand. There are only (three) times we can make changes: the draft, free agency, and the trade deadline. It’s my responsibility to put a product on the floor that can win, and right now I’m wondering if I’ve done it or not.

Breaking down the latest trade news, Philly Voice’s Kyle Neubeck said the fit was “shaky” with Simmons on the Hawks.

“The Hawks are a more awkward landing point for Simmons that a lot of people seem to realize by just focusing on the combination with Trae Young (who is admittedly pretty good on paper),” he wrote.

Tobias Harris’ future could be clouded if the 76ers move for Collins.Source: Getty Images

“Center Clint Capela cannot be moved until the offseason, and Capela is an exclusive offensive player around the rim, which could significantly complicate Atlanta’s offensive image with Simmons in the mix, potentially undermining any gains he has made. ‘they might do on defense. “You might understand why they would try to buy low on Simmons if they think they can capitalize on this Young / Simmons combo in the long run, albeit given that they spent a playoff series unraveling Simmons mentally, they are one of the most surprising entrants in the draw.

Neubeck then turned his attention to the Sixers. While he said arguments could be made for Collins’ ‘crazy’ athleticism, it would create a dilemma around Tobias Harris and his five-year, $ 250 million contract.

“If you think the Sixers need to move Harris anyway, fair enough, but if the Sixers were to take a step for Collins without simultaneously sending Harris, they would end up with even less influence than they have at the moment.” , with Harris’ contract in mind for many teams in the league.