Report: 76ers wanted ‘every young player’ Cavs value and 1st-round picks in Ben Simmons trade talks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ hopes of acquiring Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons reportedly hit a wall because of the Sixers’ outrageous asking price.

Zach Harper of The Athletic offered a mock 2021 NBA Draft and mentioned the Cavs’ short pursuit of Simmons.

“League sources said brief conversations between Cleveland and Philadelphia were explored, but an asking price of every young player the Cavs value plus multiple first-round picks in the future wasn’t something they’d consider,” Harper wrote.

Simmons was the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and has provided the 76ers with a solid all-around play.

However, the Sixers have been unable to advance deeply into the postseason and a variety of criticisms about Simmons have put him on the trading block.

The Cavaliers have struggled to rebuild their franchise, with a potential acquisition of Simmons offering a chance to net a star talent.

Yet, it’s clear that the cost to acquire Simmons would take a huge chunk out of that rebuilding effort and also block future progress.

If the Sixers truly want to deal Simmons, they may have to reduce their asking price.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.