Raptors unwilling to part with OG Anunoby for Ben Simmons?

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The draft compensation involved in any eventual Simmons trade figures to be a difference-making variable, but the Raptors have the base talent to outbid numerous teams (if they choose) when Philadelphia finally reaches the point that it concedes it is no longer tenable to hold out for a star on Lillard’s or Beal’s level. Rather than pursue a swap centered around Pascal Siakam, it is easier to see Philadelphia trying to push to acquire a rising star capable of replicating Simmons’ versatility — namely OG Anunoby — who can be packaged with a playoff-tested veteran ballhandler to give the Sixers’ backcourt a needed boost (Goran Dragić).
Source: Marc Stein @ marcstein.substack.com

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John Hollinger @johnhollinger
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Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
No practice today for the #Sixers. The Ben Simmons press conference on hold once again… – 8:50 AM

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN
After stressful day when Ben Simmons was kicked out of practice and suspended, Sixers regrouped with a team dinner in New Orleans and showed good chemistry in routing Pelicans: espn.com/nba/story/_/id…8:35 AM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: How the #Sixers and #Nets deal with Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving drama as they meet again Friday night: bit.ly/3AWppjL #76ers pic.twitter.com/NfS0kxppAQ6:35 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Doc Rivers supports Ben Simmons despite Sixers star’s practice antics: ‘I want Ben to be playing’ inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 3:55 AM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Catch-and-shoot OG Anunoby is a very, very, very different player than create for himself and shoot OG. That’s the next frontier for him. – 9:49 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Loud “We want Simmons!” chants as the Sixers perimeter defense is getting lit up. I would stick to the “Where’s Ben Simmons?” chants if we’re trying to make sense here. – 9:28 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
The crowd is chanting “Where’s Ben Simmons?” Something tellsme the Sixers are going to hear this a lot. – 9:02 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
“Where’s Ben Simmons?” chant starting in the arena…but is short-lived. – 9:01 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Raptors start Fred VanVleet, Goran Dragic, Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa.
Boucher is a go. – 5:51 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Doc Rivers supports Ben Simmons despite Sixers star’s practice antics: ‘I want Ben to be playing’ inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 5:01 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
We talked a whole lot of Ben Simmons on this pod + if you submitted a take, we broke it down.
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Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Amid a @McClain_on_NFL report about a potential Deshaun Watson deal to Miami houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… I was unable to come up with a way for Ben Simmons and John Wall to somehow be included. – 3:57 PM

Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
For @The Vertical: Joel Embiid can solve the 76ers saga by asking Daryl Morey to trade Ben Simmons now.
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Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Ben Simmons’ antics haven’t changed Doc Rivers’ stance: ‘I want Ben to be playing.’ inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer #Sixers #NBA #philaunite3:15 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Amid the Ben Simmons saga, Tobias Harris has taken the charge that the team expects from one of their top players #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/10/20/tob… via @SixersWire2:39 PM

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Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Some fun Ben Simmons odds courtesy of BetOnline pic.twitter.com/V0hksiLTYM1:44 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers maintains that he still wants Ben Simmons with the team despite the latest drama #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/10/20/six… via @SixersWire #NBA1:15 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Worth noting for tonight’s game: No Ben Simmons and no Shake Milton leaves one player that you would be comfortable labeling a point guard (Tyrese Maxey) on the roster. Young Maxey will not be playing 48 minutes.
Might be a problem, might not be, but certainly unusual. – 1:14 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Raptors fans, @Kevin O’Connor hears you loud and clear. He’s pumped and jacked to watch OG Anunoby and Scottie Barnes all season. #TheVoidNBA pic.twitter.com/1T380EhKgX1:01 PM

Austin Kent @AustinKent
I need everybody to hop on the @Fanspo Trade Machine and pitch me Ben Simmons trade ideas. Need something out there to cling to and hope for.
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Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New video breaking down seven young NBA players to watch this season:
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Scottie Barnes, Raptors
OG Anunoby, Raptors – 12:47 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
The Pelicans will battle the Sixers tonight in the 2021-22 season opener and it’ll be so great just to focus on actual basketball.
The topics of Zion Williamson’s weight and Ben Simmons/Klutch Sports’ theatrics have become beyond tiresome! thebirdwrites.com/2021/10/20/227… pic.twitter.com/AxVwwzzEhO12:19 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
For the lunchtime crowd: he NBA season starts this week, with questions on Ben Simmons, Kyrie, low-key good pickups, who’ll win Rookie of the Year, Space Jam, KAT, John Wall’s future, the best new coach and…the playoff-bound Kings??
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Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers injury report: Shake Milton (sprained right ankle), Grant Riller (left knee injury recovery) and Ben Simmons (suspension).
#Pelicans injury report: Zion Williamson (right foot fracture). – 11:34 AM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Looking for “Ben Simmons giveaway night.” pic.twitter.com/ULB3D73tMn11:27 AM

Ric Bucher @RicBucher
Ben Simmons might find it tougher to get out of Philly than other stars who asked for trades foxsports.com/stories/nba/be…11:22 AM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
All the Ben Simmons ~stuff~ has made the fact that the Sixers open the season tonight an afterthought. But they will play the first of at least 82 basketball games tonight. How are they going to look on the court — with or without Simmons? inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-…10:41 AM

John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
Ben Simmons can never go on Twitter again. He needs to throw all his devices in the ocean. – 10:22 AM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
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Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
OG Anunoby knows he got better over the summer. How does he know?
“Sometimes you just know… It’s just a feeling.”
On the cusp of a breakout season, the Raptors’ young two-way star in the making should get used to that feeling: tsn.ca/lewenberg-toro… pic.twitter.com/B1jXOY6Lzz11:33 AM

Tom Ziller @teamziller
Worst team in the league? First-time All-Stars? Surprise playoff teams? OG Anunoby?
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Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
My awards picks:
MVP: Giannis
Sleeper: Donovan Mitchell/Jayson Tatum
DPOY: Draymond Green
Sleeper: OG Anunoby
MIP: Anunoby
Sleeper: Keldon Johnson
ROY: Cade Cunningham
Sleeper: Chris Duarte
COY: Steve Nash
Sleeper: Chris Finch
6MOY: Jordan Clarkson
Sleeper: Dennis Schroder – 9:15 AM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
“He’s going to be guarding the best players in the league every night, because he can do it,” Nurse on OG Anunoby’s role, even with an increased offensive workload. – 12:58 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
OG Anunoby says every player is learning every position offensively, and that’s a product of how they’re playing defensively, too. – 12:44 PM

More on this storyline

That’s not to say Toronto would be willing. Simmons’ tumultuous first week back with the Sixers hasn’t exactly enhanced his punctured trade value and word is that Masai Ujiri, Morey’s Toronto counterpart, “loves” Anunoby, who is poised to take a major step in the post-Kyle Lowry era given the potential he has already flashed as a defender, playmaker and shooter. Surrendering Anunoby at this pivotal stage of his development might be too painful for the Raptors, even if they are tantalized by the opportunity to relaunch Simmons’ career. I’m just saying Morey will try. -via marcstein.substack.com / October 21, 2021

One league source told me trade talks regarding Simmons have been quiet to this point. Philadelphia still wants him back, and they think he’s their best chance of winning right now, but clearly, Joel Embiid is over it. He was talking about how they can’t be “babysitting” someone. They’ve never been that tight, so I can see now how Embiid is done with this. -via HoopsHype / October 20, 2021

The 76ers are not trying to move Simmons and have made clear that they will not deal him at this time, according to sources. The franchise wants Simmons to show up to practices and games, to be engaged and to perform to his capabilities. Simmons is not against playing, but he is not mentally ready yet, sources insist. -via The Athletic / October 20, 2021

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