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San Antonio Spurs: Creating a realistic trade for Ben Simmons

By Damien Bartonek
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A More realistic trade between the San Antonio Spurs and Sixers

The San Antonio Spurs should send this offer as their "final offer" in whatever scenario is presented to them in a Ben Simmons deal. Trading two members of their young core and two veteran players along with three picks should be enough to land Philly's disgruntled star in the Alamo City.

Philadelphia receives two of San Antonio's top four young pieces on their roster. Giving up Dejounte Murray would be a tough pill to swallow for Spurs fans around the globe. The former NBA All-Defensive guard has seemingly improved on both ends of the floor with every season.

In addition, Philly receives what looks to be Mikal Bridges 2.0 at his floor in Devin Vassell, San Antonio's 2020 first-round NBA Draft pick. Vassell has a shot-creation upside that is yet to be seen, but he's a player who can contribute immediately and can still improve with every year ahead of him.

Lastly, the 76ers add two veterans that can come off the bench and fill different roles. Thaddeus Young can be a do-it-all forward or small-ball five while Al-Farouq Aminu has found success on playoff teams in years past being a 3-and-D forward who can shoot off the catch and defend opposing wings.

The pick compensation is two firsts and a second-round pick with no swaps. San Antonio is giving Philadelphia two significant young pieces and two veterans, all of which can immediately contribute to a team in the 76ers that's looking to win now. All of that included, those three picks are a bit of a security blanket for a team that's giving up a perennial All-Star.