Mock trade sees Nets trade Ben Simmons for six Toronto Raptors – News Block

Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons has been the subject of his fair share of criticism for the way his career has been going lately. Since Simmons came to Brooklyn, he hasn’t been what Nets fans expected, as he only played 42 games in a season and a half of being on the roster.

Simmons arrived in Brooklyn with a bad back and it seems the cycle is repeating itself again. However, there is optimism that this season could be one where everyone inside and outside the organization can see a healthy Simmons and take an honest assessment from there.

With moves the Nets could make, like trading Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, Brooklyn may not have time to wait for Simmons to figure things out. If they decide to let another team take over Simmons’ contract, this mock trade suggested by ClutchPoints’ Quenton Albertie might be something to consider:

Simulated trading:

The Brooklyn Nets receive: Chris Boucher, Otto Porter Jr., Thaddeus Young, DJ Wilson, Malachi Flynn, Joe Wieskamp

The Toronto Raptors receive: Ben Simmons

Should the Nets make this trade?

On the face of it, this seems like a trade that would be perfect for the Raptors, as they are likely entering a rebuild after losing guard Free VanVleet to the Houston Rockets along with rumors that forward Pascal Siakam is available for trade. If Toronto goes into a rebuild of some kind, they can be patient with Simmons and, at the very least, will have a contract that will expire in two seasons if the partnership fails.

For the Nets, it stands to reason that a good number of the incoming Raptors would be written off since Brooklyn’s top 8 is set at this point. Boucher and Young would be interesting pieces for the Nets to keep on the team, but Brooklyn has enough depth right now to not need some of the other players they would get in this trade.

If Brooklyn were to make this trade, the main reason would be that they are giving up on Simmons and getting rid of his contract would be critical to moving the franchise forward. Regardless of how many players Brooklyn decides to keep, they would achieve their ultimate goal.

Verdict: No, the Nets shouldn’t make this trade.

The story originally appeared on Nets Wire

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