Report: Hawks emerge as potential trade candidate for Ben Simmons

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The Atlanta Hawks have emerged as a potential suitor for Ben Simmons, according to NBA reporter Marc Stein.

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With the NBA Trade Deadline nearing (Feb. 10th), there is growing speculation that Daryl Morey and the Sixers have widened their potential return consideration for Simmons, who has yet to play a game for Philadelphia this season.

As far as the Hawks go, their offer is unclear. Obviously, they are not giving up star point guard of their own in Trae Young. Some other young names that could intrigue the Sixers include Cam Reddish (22yo), John Collins (24), and Kevin Huerter (23). The Hawks also have some talented veterans in 29-year-old Bogdan Bogdanović and 33-year-old Danilo Gallinari, but it's anyone guess what kind of package Simmons would command at this point.

The Hawks, of course, eliminated the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season in a Game 7 in Philly, where Simmons' ended the postseason with a string of non-existent offensive fourth quarters, culminating in that final game where he passed on an open dunk.

Simmons, 25, is a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA first team defender. He signed a five-year contract worth $170 million in 2019. He has already made approximate $90 million and he is due around another $114 million over the next three seasons, according to spotrac.com.