KEY POINTS

  • The 76ers are looking to deal Ben Simmons to a Western Conference team
  • NBA teams are wary of dealing their own stars for the former Rookie of the Year
  • Simmons may lose big money if he continues to hold out

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to deal with the Ben Simmons predicament.

Based on the latest updates, it appears Philly wants to send the 25-year-old to a Western Conference team.

There are several teams out West who have been linked to the former top pick. But the problem is most have practically given up, unwilling to heed to the demands of the Sixers.

The list of teams that have been at one time linked with Simmons is the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers.

However, none of those teams are willing to give up their main stars for the three-time All-Star.

For the Warriors, the name of Andrew Wiggins has been linked to Simmons in the past. But the problem there is they do not want to add sophomore James Wiseman.

The same holds for Minnesota. They are unlikely to deal Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards in any deal.

D’Angelo Russell could make sense although the other assets included remain in question.

A sensible trade would have been with Portland. The best package that the Trail Blazers may offer could be CJ McCollum and Robert Covington with future picks.

In all, none of the aforementioned teams are willing to give up their stars for Simmons.

Although "Big Ben" is talented, most want to remain competitive and keep their trouble-free stars for now.

Ben Simmons Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Negotiation with the Houston Rockets could also make sense for Philly as the former is in need of a young star.

Christian Wood could use the help of Simmons. As for who they could trade, John Wall could ring a bell.

For now, all the Sixers and Simmons can do is wait. Efforts were made to convince him to return, but the three-time All-Star seems to have made up his mind.

Simmon’s stance is a high-risk move, something that could see him losing money if he fails to suit up for any team by the time the season starts.