Celtics interested in trading for 76ers guard Ben Simmons

2021-11-08 15:56
Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics have expressed interest in trading for Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons, The Athletic reported Monday.

The report described the talks as "fluid with no traction as of yet," and said any potential deal must include Boston forward Jaylen Brown.

Simmons, a three-time All-Star, has yet to play for the 76ers this season. The team reportedly began fining him his $360,000 game checks last Friday for each contest he misses.

Jaylen Brown

Jaylen  Brown
Jaylen  Brown
MIN: 36.46
PTS: 25.63 (55.44%)
REB: 6.13
As: 2.5
ST: 1.25
BL: 0.5
TO: 2.88
GM: 8

Simmons, 25, has told the organization he is working on his mental health but has refused to accept any help from team physicians.

Simmons has four years and $147 million left on his five-year contract. He has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 275 games since Philadelphia drafted him No. 1 overall in 2016 -- two spots ahead of Brown.

Brown, 25, made his first All-Star team last season and is averaging a career-high 25.6 points through eight games this season. He is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.

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