It’s not a matter of if, but when a Ben Simmons trade will happen. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that a blockbuster trade featuring the 76ers point guard is reportedly “inevitable” before the 2021-22 NBA season.

Pompey added that the interest in Simmons is higher than expected because of a weak free-agent class, but a timetable for a deal remains unclear. Multiple sources told Pompey that a deal may not be finalized until the preseason, which could mean the Simmons is on the team until October.

“Philadelphia has options,” a league source told Pompey. “They’re just not finite.”

Given the belief that Philly wants to move on from the all-star, many front offices are seeking a “bargain-basement deal.”

The 76ers have remained adamant about getting an All-Star player in a potential deal, but so far no team has been willing to offer that, especially after Simmons’ continued shooting woes raised questions this offseason.

This article first appeared on FortyEightMinutes and was syndicated with permission.

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