MKWB wrote: You make some good points about how unique BS's addition would make the Pels' line-up options. Defense-heavy, paint scoring, lack of shooting. Would definitely be a 'zig while the rest of the league zags' kind of move.
Of course I disagree about the on-court fit. His offensive stregnths basically replicate/overlap with the Point Zion role that Z excelled in last season. And if the Pelicans will use significant pick and player assets to bring in a star--- wouldn't they rather save those for a player that makes more of an obvious stylistic compliment to Zion? (aka good shooter). But mostly, it's the off-court fit that makes this scenario so unlikely. This goes way beyond a Rasheed Wallace / Zach Randolph / DeMarcus Cousins type of stron-personality situation...
David Griffin is the Executive Vice President of the Pelicans and every indication is that he will continue to be for the forseeable future. From the beginning, Griffin referenced his situation in Clevland, when LBJ decided to re-join the Cavs unexpectedly, he was forced to build a contender quickly while mortaging any long-term, sustainable view for the franchise. Reading between the lines, he had to deal with a lot of pressure from LBJ and Rich Paul to make the moves they wanted, overpay for the pending free agents they had like JR Smith and Tristan Thompson.
Since taking the Pelicans job, nearly every media appearance and press conference he's ever given, Griffin has stressed the importance of building a sustainable winning culture, and emphasized adding / keeping high-character, team-first individuals. He has traded away 3 Rich Paul clients the past few seasons (Davis, Bledsoe, and Lonzo Ball), and currently none are on the Pelicans rosters. One of the few teams in the league without any Klutch clients?
So basically, Griffin trading the prized assets he's collected over the years for a high-profile Klutch / Rich Paul client, who has clear documented character issues... who has literally chosen to not show up to play for his team for half a season now... Who has faked a mental health issue as a way to still collect his salary while not playing for his team... Who, like Anthony Davis, is known to have a strong preference to be in or near L.A. California... Who is also a clunky, questionable on-court fit, especially with the Pelicans current star -- Trading for that player would go against everything Griffin has ever said publicly as the leader of the franchise. That's the main reason it's extremely unlikely for Ben Simmons to be traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Tell me how good of a 3pt threat is Green that teams have to respect his range. I see PO Simmons at the 5 in small ball next to Zion as Green on steroids which would punish teams for trying to run Jonas off the court. Simmons is Longer, quicker, a better perimeter defender & a better play maker... That versatility to play him at PG, PF, PC opens alot of rotation options
I don't know enough about why SImmons us refusing to play to argue either way about his character. I just know from experience how things appear to be are not always as it apppears to be, just saying. Jimmy Butler comes to mind... it was said he was a cancer to the Wolves young players but looks like a mentor playing next to Hero in Miami... what is what ?
Concerning Klutch clients, I think while Griffen might prefer to not deal with them, I also don;t think it's smart to reject talent because of it. Meaning, there's a time, place for everything & there;s always an exception to the rule. If Lebron wanted to play for NO's, would DG be saying nah, he's a Klicth client ? I'd like to think not.
In todays NBA, 3pt shooting & spacing is very important but so is defensive versatility & playmaking.
I was following Memphis during their short 3yr rebuild, Jenkins is a great coach... I learnt you can never have enough play makers. Ball movement, player movement creates easy offense, the hardest player to gaurd is the one who;s constantly moving. Set shooters could stagnate..
I salivate at the idea of Simmons, Herbs defensive pressure, switchability & transition game with ZIon/BI.