Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons is not the most popular figure in the City of Brotherly Love at the start of the workweek.
Following some horrific offensive and shooting displays in the second-round playoff series versus the Atlanta Hawks that Philadelphia lost, Simmons admitted: "I ain't shoot well from the line this series." The 24-year-old made only 34.2% of his free throws during the entire postseason, and Sixers coach Doc Rivers told reporters after Sunday's defeat that he couldn't answer if Simmons could be the starting guard for a championship team. Rivers said Monday he remains "very bullish" on Simmons, but BetOnline.ag currently lists the betting odds at -450 that Simmons will be with a different team when the 2021-22 NBA season opens in October.
To compare, it's +275 that he will remain with Philadelphia through the offseason.
The Portland Trail Blazers are the early favorites to land Simmons at +200, followed by the Washington Wizards (+300) and San Antonio Spurs (+400):
Odds on Ben Simmons next team if traded:— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) June 21, 2021
Portland Trail Blazers +200
Washington Wizards +300
San Antonio Spurs +400
Utah Jazz +500
Oklahoma City Thunder +550
Golden State Warriors +600
Los Angeles Lakers +650
Cleveland Cavaliers +700
Houston Rockets +1000
Per the NBA website, Simmons is signed through 2024-25 via a $170 million contract extension, and there's plenty of doubt any team would accept what could quickly become an albatross of a deal attached to a player who's no longer a prospect, who has an exploitable weakness, and who seems to get the yips on the biggest stages.