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New mock trade has Nets moving star Ben Simmons to Hawks in a deal

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When it comes to trades to the Brooklyn Nets, the focus is obviously on Kevin Durant. The former MVP superstar requested a trade back on June 30, but the Nets have yet to find an offer to match their apparently high price tag for a future Hall of Famer.

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At the moment, the Nets have a strong roster on paper. They have two legitimate superstars in Durant and Kyrie Irving, as well as an All-Star quarterback in Ben Simmons and sharpshooters in Joe Harris, Seth Curry and Patty Mills. If the Nets enter the 2022-2023 season with this roster, you need to be sure of their chances.

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With that said, this is the most boring part of the off-season in the NBA, so it’s the height of training season. This fake deal taken from the Bleacher Report and in it, the Nets move Simmons to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a deal.

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Fake trade offer

Atlanta Hawks get: Ben Simmons

Brooklyn Nets get: John Collins and Onyeka Okongwu

B/R on why the Nets are making this deal

The Nets’ interest in this deal will depend on whether they agree with Simmons as a key element. After Kyrie Irving’s semi-available season, Brooklyn could be forgiven for wanting to get rid of players who might or might not play for reasons unrelated to injury. Simmons’ mental health-related delay in Philadelphia may continue to be a concern for the Nets.

Collins is a solid player, averaging $25.5 million over the next four years, about $12.5 million less per season than Simmons would make over the last three years of his contract. With Okongwu under a rookie contract, Brooklyn leaves that exchange with two quality assets in a movable paycheck. As long as the Nets and Hawks have different opinions about Simmons—the former believe the cost and hassle is not worth the results on the court, and the latter disagree—there are logical grounds for a trade-off.

Deal analysis from the Nets point of view

This is definitely one interesting deal. The Hawks, of course, eliminated Simmons’ Philadelphia 76s in Game 7 of the East semi-finals in the 2021 playoffs. It was in this game that Simmons made the infamous missed dunk played by the Hawks star. Trae Young defended Simmons per.

While the Nets still don’t see Simmons match up next to Irving and Durant, one has to think that perhaps Brooklyn is only making this deal because they can’t fully trust Simmons in playoff terms. He didn’t really show much to debunk that notion in Philadelphia while John Collins was a huge part of Atlanta going to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021. It’s a deal that should at least be considered as it will add size and athleticism to Brooklyn.

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The story originally appeared on Nets Wire.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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