The Sixers are a disappointing 24-14, and although there is plenty of time left in the season, there is no question the frustration is building with how they have performed so far.
Russell has played in 22 games this season, averaging 23.2 points, 6.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He is in the first year of a four-year, $117 million contract, which would make a one-for-one swap of the two players not work. The Warriors don’t really have many other players they could package with Russell to make a trade work right now, but it could work this summer when Simmons’ base salary jumps.
There is no doubt that if the Sixers did have interest in such a swap it would have to do with shooting, as one of the most attractive parts of Russell’s game is that he is shooting 36% from three this season on an average of 9.3 attempts per game.
Simmons, as good as he has been this season, is still refusing to shoot the ball from deep.
Earlier this week, Sixers head coach Brett Brown acknowledged it was an issue, and admitted his repeated attempts to get Simmons to shoot the ball from beyond the arc are not working.
“Evidently I have failed,” Brown said. “It’s something that we’re all mindful of. This is one of these things that is never gonna away. The attention that this has received is remarkable, but I guess I helped fuel it, and I own it. I got to help him find this, and most importantly, he has to help himself.”