Warriors: 3 realistic trades for the No. 2 overall draft pick

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2. The Warriors could trade for Ben Simmons

  • Warriors get: Ben Simmons
  • 76ers get: Andrew Wiggins and No. 2 overall pick (2020)

The Sixers are clearly in need of a shakeup after being swept out of the first round of the 2020 playoffs. They have already fired head coach Brett Brown.

Speculation that the team may trade All-Stars Ben Simmons or Joel Embid is also running rampant. The move would allow Philly to move on from a star pairing that has not meshed well on the court.

While the fit here isn’t as obvious as the Beal addition, a deal with the 76ers would allow Golden State to acquire another legitimate superstar. Simmons is a unique talent who has dominated in many facets of the game.

He has averaged an incredible 16.4 point, 8.0 assists, and 8.3 rebounds per game in his young career. The 24-year-old has handled the majority of the point guard duties as the primary ball-handler and shot creator for his teams, despite being listed at 6-foot-10.

This combination of elite size, passing, and defense, would allow him to thrive on a Warriors team that values ball movement and defensive flexibility. In many ways, he would be a more athletic version of Draymond Green.

However, there is a chemistry concern. The Warriors still have Green on the roster. Adding Simmons would force a player with no outside shot onto the court.

While he brings many good things to the table, there is reason to question whether his presence would create spacing issues for the Warriors star guards. Specifically, a pairing of Green and Simmons on the court simultaneously would result in offensive woes in the half-court.

This trade gets both teams closer to a proper roster construction. But it does not feel like a slam dunk for either side.