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San Antonio Spurs: Creating a realistic trade for Ben Simmons

By Damien Bartonek
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In need of a star, the San Antonio Spurs should entertain the idea of bringing Ben Simmons to the Alamo City. The four-time All-Star is worthy of any and all consideration, as he can change the trajectory for San Antonio both short and long term.

Initially, Simmons' fit isn't the prettiest. After a move or two, Spurs fans and media members will likely get behind the idea, but nothing will escape the reluctance from Spurs fans if the cost to acquire the Australian point guard is too steep.

It doesn't help that reports are trending in that direction, with The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor saying that Philadelphia initially wanted four first-round picks, three swaps, and a young player from San Antonio in whatever Ben Simmons deal is agreed upon.

Certainly, the cost for Simmons is way too steep in this scenario and should be ignored at all costs if you're the Spurs. Another recent Ben Simmons idea came from FanSided's own 76ers-based website, The Sixer Sense.

The proposal was met with confusion by Spurs fans and the writers here at Air Alamo. Giving three young pieces, two first-round picks, and three pick swaps is simply way too much.

The full details in the proposal looked like this, with the Spurs sending Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker, and Keldon Johnson to Philadelphia along with the picks.

While a player of Ben Simmons' caliber is worthy of significant compensation, there's no reason San Antonio should move legitimately what's their current Heaven and Earth for a player who is mightily flawed in one of the most important aspects of basketball.

Without a legitimate scoring aspect in his game outside of ten feet, Ben Simmons is a great player but a notch below superstardom. San Antonio needs superstar power, but Simmons is still significantly far away from becoming the "LeBron James 2.0" prospect that numerous draft minds believed him to be coming out of LSU.

Is he worth the risk? Of course. Should San Antonio think about adding a true All-Star caliber talent? Of course. Is he worth the cost of a trade? Well, is buying a G-Wagon worth the cost? Of course, but not if you make thirty grand per year. Compensation is key in a Ben Simmons trade, and San Antonio shouldn't push all of their chips to the middle of the table for a player who needs significant work as a scorer.

But, they also shouldn't have cold feet and be reluctant to give up anything of significance for a guy who will elevate the floor of their team by a few seeds at the bare minimum. This is a team that has a direction toward rebuilding but nobody on the floor who you can point to and say they can be your cornerstone member of the franchise (not yet, anyway) for the next decade. Ben Simmons surely gives you that sense of direction on the floor.