Do the Dallas Mavericks have the assets to acquire Ben Simmons?
After the Kristaps Porzingis trade, the Mavs were locked in. They sent a first-rounder to the Hawks to acquire Luka Doncic and two draft choices to the Knicks for KP. The Mavericks still cannot technically trade a first-rounder until 2027, but they could move it up to 2025 by eliminating the top ten protection on their 2023 choice headed for New York.
The asking price for Simmons is going to be high, and the Mavs may not have enough to meet it. Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has reportedly asked teams for four first-round picks plus young talent. They have been trying to move Simmons since the playoffs ended, and no deal has materialized, so the price is coming down. How far is the unknown.
The Mavericks’ best possible offer would be Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson, Josh Green, and two first-round picks for Ben Simmons and another small contract. It is a package the Sixers are likely to decline. Having Kristaps Porzingis and Joel Embiid is not the ideal frontcourt pairing, and they want more draft capital in return for Simmons.
Do not expect the Dallas Mavericks to trade for Ben Simmons, but this saga appears far from over. What price will Philadelphia accept for the three-time All-Star? Stay tuned to find out.