Trading for Ben Simmons could drive Luka Doncic away from Dallas Mavericks
Simmons requested a trade out of Philadelphia, but the drama has stayed after moving to Brooklyn. There are still questions about his shooting, health, and reliability, especially in the biggest games. Adrian Wojnarowski even discussed that Simmons and his play have been a source of frustration for Kevin Durant already this season.
The Dallas Mavericks need to build a championship contender around Luka Doncic to keep him in Dallas long-term. That likely means acquiring a second star, but if the front office swings and misses, that could spell the end of Luka with the Mavericks.
Ben Simmons is not that player. He is frustrating Kevin Durant, who does need the ball in his hands as much as Doncic. Simmons must have the ball to be at his best. Trading for Simmons would be like putting Russell Westbrook next to LeBron James in Los Angeles. It just does not work. The spacing would bog down the offense and the defense would not be good enough to make up for it.
The Dallas Mavericks would regress if they trade for Ben Simmons. The 26-year-old is still working his way back from injury, but he just does not fit next to Luka Doncic in Dallas. Can Simmons rebound and find his All-Star form again? Who knows, but the Mavs should not be the team that acquires him if he hits the market.