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Ben Simmons roundup: How John Wall’s situation, Timberwolves news impacts Sixers’ efforts to trade All-Star


We’re now days away from the start of training camp, yet the same cloud that has hovered over the Sixers ever since “The Pass” remains: the uncertainty over what will happen with Ben Simmons.

Over the past week or so, a few league-wide developments have touched on the Simmons trade talks. As we wrap up our final week of the offseason, let’s try to make sense of it:

Is John Wall a solution?

In a perfect world, the Sixers would prefer to have the Simmons situation resolved sooner rather than later, to lock in an All-Star-caliber player now, which would allow them to build some cohesion next to Joel Embiid over the course of the season while still maintaining some flexibility for the trade deadline in case they need to pivot.

Ever since the Rockets and John Wall mutually agreed to find a new home for the former No. 1 overall pick, speculation has come up whether the five-time All-Star could be the solution to the Sixers’ Simmons problem. At 31 years old, Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists for the Rockets last year in his return from a very extended absence from an Achilles injury.

Is Wall the solution the Sixers need to end this sideshow and get back to building a contender?

No. No, he’s not.

Wall has two years and more than $91 million left on the (get ready for this) $171 million contract he signed back in 2019. The $47.





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