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HODGEYROAD

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Powell signs a 90/5 deal, that's about 90 mill a season on gaurds.

Zach Collins 22/3 at Spurs, two lottery picks blown.

Garry Trent 54/3 at Toronto.

Zeller signs for us on a 1 year deal.
 

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Powell signs a 90/5 deal, that's about 90 mill a season on gaurds.

Zach Collins 22/3 at Spurs, two lottery picks blown.

Garry Trent 54/3 at Toronto.

Zeller signs for us on a 1 year deal.
Powell deal is pretty good. Getting him through his prime for the same per season that the Raptors are paying Trent. Great deal, I think.

Zeller is a handy backup C. Probably an upgrade on Kanter overall.

Don't mind us cutting losses on ZC either.
 

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I've seen Dame for Simmons being pushed.

LOL. Dame is a top 10 player, Simmons is a meme after the 2021 ECF. If it was CJ for Simmons (salaries roughly match) it would probably be Portland asking for picks to go with it at this stage, not Philly. Dame + Embiid would be a fantastic combo, but Philly would have to start with Simmons + Thybulle + Maxey then go from there.
 

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I've seen Dame for Simmons being pushed.

LOL. Dame is a top 10 player, Simmons is a meme after the 2021 ECF. If it was CJ for Simmons (salaries roughly match) it would probably be Portland asking for picks to go with it at this stage, not Philly. Dame + Embiid would be a fantastic combo, but Philly would have to start with Simmons + Thybulle + Maxey then go from there.
Disagree, Simmons still holds more value than CJ, younger, been an All star, all NBA team and 1st team all NBA D.
 

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Disagree, Simmons still holds more value than CJ, younger, been an All star, all NBA team and 1st team all NBA D.
I agree in a vacuum (I think I posted similar ITT month back), but Simmons' value took a nosedive after the ECSF disaster.

CJ can score 20-25 a game for fun and is career 39.8% 3 point shooter. He's a bit overpaid but what team in the NBA doesn't want that sort of production?

Simmons has been pigeonholed as a guard who can't/won't shoot. He needs the right team to unlock his skillset. He doesn't work in Philly because all their money is tied up in an MVP calibre centre and a 3/4 guy in Harris. They need their primary ball handler to be a perimeter player. You can argue CJ doesn't work in Portland either (defensively, the offence is fine), but having two small guards doesn't disrupt the defence so much as the Portland defence just isn't any good. No one fears the paint of Nurkic/Collins/Kanter etc.

I think Simmons will be an all star again next season if he moves. If Portland (Dame or CJ) and Philly don't trade then they are both stubbornly refusing to admit they don't have the right teams to contend.
 

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