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Rumor Mill: Toronto Raptors turn down massive offer from 76ers for Ben Simmons

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As we get closer to the NBA Draft, the rumors surrounding Ben Simmons and the Sixers aren't coming to an end anytime soon. Usually, when Ben Simmons trade negotiations are leaked, it’s been the 76ers who turned down the offer, but this situation is a bit different. Yesterday Matt Moore of Action Network reported that the Raptors declined a deal from the 76ers that would send Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, and the 4th pick to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons.

Toronto has been rumored recently to be one of the most aggressive pursuers of Ben Simmons and have even been reported to say nothing is off the table for him. This offer for Ben isn’t horrible. In fact, it’s an outstanding deal, but Philly shouldn’t do this right now. Until you are sure that Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard are unavailable, Ben shouldn’t be moved.

While Daryl Morey is pursuing an All-Star for Simmons, the proposed package is a good amount of talent regardless. If Philly still wanted another star after that trade, they could easily package the 4th pick alongside some of their own prospects or picks for a high-caliber player. Adrian Wojnarowski reported this weekend that trade talks are expected to get serious this week, while the Bradley Beal situation could heat up as well.

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