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Warriors owner Joe Lacob downplays a potential Ben Simmons trade: ‘It doesn’t really fit what we’re doing’

Maybe we are able to cross the Golden State Warriors off of the checklist of potential suitors for Philadelphia 76ers All-Star ahead Ben Simmons. The Warriors have been persistently talked about as a possible touchdown spot for Simmons, who made it clear to Philadelphia’s entrance workplace that he want to be traded to a different group. Nevertheless, throughout an interview with Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Warriors proprietor Joe Lacob touched on the subject and talked about a number of the reason why the Warriors could be hesitant to make a transfer for Simmons. Lacob listed Simmons’ sizable contract, his late-game struggles within the postseason, and his similarity to Draymond Green as points. 

“I believe we’re all the time taking a look at all the things to see if we are able to enhance our workforce. We might all the time look,” Lacob mentioned. “In some methods, [a trade for Simmons] would not actually match what we’re doing. He makes some huge cash. And, can he end video games? I do not know. He is very gifted. The issue is: We now have Draymond [Green]. Draymond and him are very related within the sense that neither one actually shoots they usually do lots of the playmaking. That is one concern. The wage construction is one other.”

Lacob’s feedback, particularly concerning Simmons’ similarity to Inexperienced aren’t particularly shocking. A earlier report from Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area urged {that a} commerce for Simmons could be a no-go for the Warriors so long as Inexperienced was on the roster. “Based on league sources, any curiosity the Warriors might need in Simmons is conditional,” Poole wrote. “In brief, they don’t seem to be that so long as Draymond Inexperienced is on the roster.” 

The Warriors have been one of many groups that Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey referred to as whereas procuring Simmons early within the offseason. At the moment, the Sixers requested for a package deal of Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, the No. 7 and No. 14 picks within the 2021 NBA Draft and two future first-rounders. The Warriors declined, and talks between the 2 groups ended there. 

Lacob could not say rather more about Simmons publicly due to the NBA‘s tampering guidelines, however he actually did not make it appear to be the Warriors are a workforce angling to accumulate the Sixers star. Clearly, the workforce’s stance might change as time goes on — maybe in the event that they get off to a sluggish begin through the upcoming marketing campaign. However the way in which Lacob sees it, Golden State, as presently constructed, needs to be again within the contender dialog briefly order. 

“Hopefully, this yr, we’ll compete for a championship,” Lacob mentioned. “I believe we must always. Over the following 4 to 5 years, I believe we must always proceed that and have a second nice decade in a row.”  

Issues can actually change, however for now it looks as if the Warriors are pleased with what they’ve. So, the Sixers should find a distinct touchdown spot for Simmons. 

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