Indiana Pacers: Two trade ideas to send Ben Simmons to Indy

Indiana Pacers, Ben Simmons, Myles Turner - Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers, Ben Simmons, Malcolm Brogdon
Ben Simmons, Malcolm Brogdon – Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

The Indiana Pacers welcome a change in dynamics with Ben Simmons

In this trade proposal, the Indiana Pacers will acquire three-time All-Star Ben Simmons and former Pacer George Hill from the Philadelphia 76ers for center Myles Turner, guard Malcolm Brogdon, and an unprotected 2022 1st-round pick.

It’s becoming clearer that the double big configuration with Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner needs a breakup to benefit all parties involved. In this trade, the Indiana Pacers embrace small-ball without compromising their size advantage. Ben Simmons’ 6’11, 240-lb frame allows him to play point guard while also being able to slot in at all frontcourt positions. Moreover, former Pacer George Hill brings not only familiarity, but also veteran leadership to an Indiana team plagued by off-court tumult last season.

For the 76ers, Malcolm Brogdon arms them with a 20-5-5 guy who can facilitate the offense, create his own shot and most importantly, shoot from the perimeter to complement Joel Embiid. Myles Turner has a three-point stroke that is reliable enough to command attention away from the All-NBA center and should form a menacing tandem with him on defense, though he can also be rerouted to a third team. An unprotected first-round pick will sweeten the pot for Philly in exchange for their prized All-Star.