The trade: Cs land Simmons & Turner, Philadelphia gets a Big-3, Indiana rebuilds
I must be honest here, I don’t think there has ever been a hypothetical deal that I’ve been more excited about involving the Boston Celtics than this one. I know we’ve concocted ideas on how the Cs could land stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and even one of the pieces from this proposal above in Victor Oladipo, but none have been as fair overall as this 3-team blockbuster.
For the Boston Celtics, the meat of the deal revolves around Simmons and Turner coming to Beantown. While the idea of bringing on the Indiana big man is nothing new, having the Philly All-Star guard coming along with him certainly is. Along with the duo comes Doug McDermott and Jeremy Lamb from the Pacers.
For the 76ers, we see them losing an All-Star and gaining two in Walker and Victor Oladipo to pair alongside centerpiece Joel Embiid. Philadelphia will also be receiving Daniel Theis from Boston and Indiana’s 2020 second-round pick.
Last, but certainly not least, we see the Pacers offloading a lot in Oladipo and Turner, but receive a heft return-package in Gordon Hayward, Romeo Langford, & two first-round picks from the Cs and Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, and Al Horford to help fill out the roster around current star Domantas Sabonis for both the present and the future.
Now that we’ve gotten the brunt of the deal out of the way, let’s go into depth about why each team should consider such a blockbuster, starting with the Pacers: