Summer arrives and rumors arrive that place Ricky Rubio in the NBA transfer market. The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the teams that have asked most insistently for Ben simmons, the great landmark of the umpteenth failure of the Philadelphia 76ers in the postseason.
The bet on the Australian could provoke the departure of the Catalan base and even that of Juancho Hernangómez from Madrid of the Minneapolis franchise. The operation to get Simmons is expected to be difficult, according to ‘The Athletic’, which reported on more details of the plans of Gersson Rosas, GM of the franchise.
Minnesota don’t want to touch its hard core of young people, made up of Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards. This fact leaves Ricky as the main bargaining chips, with a 17 million contract next year, and Malik Beasley (14.4). Then there are also Juancho (7), Jarrett Culver (6.3) and Jake Layman (3.9).
The difficulty of the operation lies in the offer that the Sixers have already rejected for Simmons. The Pacers offered them Malcolm Brogdon and a first round that Daryl Morey, head of Philadelphia basketball operations, rejected with a clear message: he wants stars.
The 76ers pretend to weigh someone like Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal, and that level the Wolves do not reach. It also doesn’t seem easy that they can improve the Pacers’ offer without including someone like Russell in the deal.
Despite the difficulties of the operation, several prestigious journalists in the United States have remarked time and again that Simmons is in the market, and that several teams continue to try to hunt him down. When the river sounds…