Spurs: The Ripple effects of a trade for Ben Simmons

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For those not following NBA news this past offseason or living under a rock, the San Antonio Spurs have frequently made headlines as a trade candidate for maligned superstar Ben Simmons. These rumors nearly overshadowed drafting Joshua Primo, signing a potential cornerstone in Jock Landale, scoring versatile big Thaddeus Young, and Manu Ginobili returning to the bench. I’m hoping these rumors don’t overshadow just how fun and competitive the team has played to start the season.

Here at Air Alamo, we’ve covered just how lopsided some of these trades are extensively and multiple times, since, unfortunately, these trades keep resurfacing. But one thing that has been completely under-discussed is the ripple effect of doing so.

Trading for Ben Simmons, regardless of whether or not you think it’s worth it or not, is literally a game-changer. And by gamechanger, I mean trading for Simmons only starts with acquiring him but would also force additional coaching and personnel moves far beyond the initial trade for him.

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Quickly moving through what we already know, Sixers GM Daryl Morey wants a king’s ransom for Simmons equivalent to what the Houston Rockets received for James Harden. Most packages seem to feature at least three of the four: Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker IV, in addition to two to four future first-round picks for Simmons.

In the past, I’ve explored the Spurs’ positional logjam at the wings and pleaded with the team to trade a few up-and-comers to free up time for the others and grab a young core piece, preferably at the power forward position. I’m writing now to say, emphatically, this is not that trade.

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