The rift between the Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons seems inevitable. Given the endless rumors about his transfer, in recent days it was reported that the player would be willing not to appear at the training camp. Despite recent words of support from Joel Embiid, veteran Danny Green is beginning to rally about the Australian’s possible departure.
The Sixers would have received offers, although insufficient, and would have entered talks with Portland, Sacramento and even the Golden State Warriors, but neither of them has convinced both parties.
The aforementioned Green, who has recently gone through the microphones of the Sports Illustrated podcast “The Crossover”, has spoken with journalist Howard Beck about what it would be like to play without Ben Simmons by his side.
“Defensively speaking, I would probably become the main man on the team,” Green admitted. “It’s not that it’s a problem for me, but we would have one less defender on the outside. We would only be Matisse (Thybulle) and I as specialists. But I’m not saying that my other teammates don’t know how to defend, but if we talk about our main defenders, Ben (Simmons) is a big part of that, ”he added.
Despite the offensive problems in his game, especially in the playoffs; Ben Simmons is considered one of the best and most complete defenders in the entire NBA, being able to occupy all five positions on the floor. In the last votes for the Defender of the Year he was in second place after the French Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert.
“I don’t want to disrespect Rudy Gobert because he has had a great year, as he has always done for the last three, but we think that Ben (Simmons) is capable of defending all positions and sets the tone for us. But if he is not finally there, that would change the situation a lot for us, both offensively and defensively. It all depends on what we receive in return ”he concluded.
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