As the 2020-21 NBA season goes deeper, several crazy trade ideas continue to surface in the league. These include the hypothetical blockbuster deal between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers involving All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. In the proposed scenario by Jake Rogers of NBA Analysis Network, the Sixers would be sending a package that includes Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, Vincent Poirier, a 2022 first-round pick, a 2024 first-round pick, and a 2026 first-round pick to the Nets in exchange for Irving and Bruce Brown.
As of now, it remains unknown if there’s an ongoing negotiation between the Nets and the Sixers but if the suggested blockbuster deal would turn into a reality, Rogers believes that it would be beneficial for both teams.
“In this blockbuster NBA trade scenario, the Brooklyn Nets would decide to pursue surrounding James Harden and Kevin Durant with complementary pieces while recouping some of their future first-round NBA Draft capital. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers would take a chance on one of the NBA’s top players in Kyrie Irving while Joel Embiid is playing at an elite level. The duo would form a one-two punch that Ben Simmons never quite proved capable of achieving. An inner-conference trade of this kind is incredibly rare but each side faces a set of unique circumstances where it could actually make sense.”
The proposed scenario would be a no-brainer for the Nets, especially if Irving would continue to be a distraction to the team. By sending him to Philadelphia, they wouldn’t only be receiving an All-Star in Simmons and a very promising prospect in Maxey, but it would also enable them to replenish their war chest of future first-round selections.
Simmons may not be a three-point threat, but he would significantly improve Brooklyn’s performance on the defensive end of the floor. While Kevin Durant and James Harden are leading the offense, Coach Steve Nash could task Simmons to guard the opposing team’s best player.
Meanwhile, it would be hard to imagine Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey pulling the trigger on such a deal, especially knowing that they recently refused to send the same package to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Harden. However, it is something that they may strongly consider before the 2021 trade deadline if the chemistry between Embiid and Simmons would once again become an issue in the 2020-21 NBA season.
Compared to Simmons, Irving would be a much better fit with Embiid. He would give him a new superstar running mate who is capable of spacing the floor and has championship experience. If they could stay away from any major injury and mesh well on the court, Embiid and Irving could form one of the most formidable duos in the league this year.