The Dallas Mavericks locked up their superstar Luka Doncic this summer to a historic contract extension, and he is already putting up massive numbers in limited minutes this preseason. He is making his case to be the MVP favorite heading into the 2021-2022 season, but the Mavs are a footnote in the national media landscape.
The two biggest stories around the NBA during training camp involve two Eastern Conference All-Stars. Kyrie Irving and his vaccination status continue to draw daily headlines as the Nets are facing the prospect of playing without one of their superstars for all 41 of their home games. In Philadelphia, Ben Simmons was holding out with four-year left on his contract in hopes the Sixers would trade him, but that saga took a turn on Oct. 11.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Simmons came to Philadelphia and took his first COVID test on Monday night. After missing the first two weeks of training camp, the three-time All-Star is starting the protocols to rejoin the team. Simmons is a key player for the Sixers, but how does his return impact the Mavs?
What does the return of Ben Simmons mean for the Dallas Mavericks?
There are still questions about this situation that need to be answered. Yes, Simmons is back in Philadelphia, but is he going to play for the Sixers? The fine money was growing by the day, and the 25-year-old point forward could be showing up just to satisfy his requirements to be paid. Can Doc Rivers and 76ers convince Simmons to remain in Philly? The story is still developing, but Woj did report that the Sixers are still having trade discussions with opposing teams.
A trade is still not out of the question, but how does Ben Simmons rejoining the Sixers impact the Dallas Mavericks?