Bill Simmons Mentions Possibility of Sixers Trading Up for Fultz

Kyle Scott - May 18, 2017

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Bill Simmons and Mark Titus discussed the NBA lottery on Simmons’ most recent podcast, and after 11 minutes of sucking off Markelle Fultz, Simmons brought up the possibility of the Sixers trading up to get him:

“I still wonder if it makes sense for Philly to try to trade up to 1. I know that [the Celtics] have really, really liked [Fultz] all season. I also know that they’re gonna turn it into whatever the best asset it can be. So, if, I don’t know, Philly goes to them and says we’ll give you number three, and we’ll also give you this, this, this and this to switch spots with us, this is a great draft, like I’m pretty sure the Celtics could talk themselves into Josh Jackson at number three. So, you know, I’m not one to rule anything out. The one thing I wouldn’t do if I was them, because I got this question a lot yesterday – would you flip the pick for Jimmy Butler or Paul George? – I just wouldn’t do it because you’re paying those guys like $20 million per year, maybe even more, whereas like Fultz, to have somebody who’s this good under contract for like $4 million per year, I think that’s the best asset you can have. If you have a guaranteed guy who can give you production and you’re not paying him aynthing, I’d much rather have that. Would Paul George really make the difference for them short-term in the next two years with LeBron playing this way? I don’t think he would.”

The audio of that portion of the exchange is here.

Maybe it’s not that crazy after all. Fultz is unquestionably the best player in the draft. He is the only one whom you could say fits perfectly with the Sixers. That’s why it was so disappointing when their logo was on the card with pick number three. Any of Josh Jackson, Malik Monk, Jayson Tatum or De’Aaron Fox – or Kyle Lowry for that matter – would represent the Sixers compromising in some way.* If there’s anyone who has the assets to move up and get a deal done, it’s the Sixers. Never mind that the Celtics were constantly linked to Boston street fighter Jahlil Okafor in trade rumors.

Everyone is convinced that Fultz and Isiah Thomas could play together – both players have said as much – but the Celtics don’t need a guard, and Josh Jackson, Okafor and [insert picks] could be more beneficial to them. The Sixers have so many assets that they can afford to overspend a little to get a franchise guard like Fultz. Hell, with Embiid, Simmons and Fultz, you could argue that the Sixers wouldn’t need any of those extra picks they’ve obtained. Also, having a guy like Fultz, as close to a sure-thing as there is in this draft, provides insurance against Embiid or Simmons having essentially a career-threatenting injury, because you’d still be left with two potential stars. Fultz absolutely makes the most sense for the Sixers, and now Simmons’ somewhat loosely-sourced speculation has me all sorts of soaked.

*Jackson can’t shoot. Tatum is a good scorer but not super athletic, might not have a ton of upside, and doesn’t fit with the Sixers’ offense. Fox also can’t shoot. Monk would be a reach at three. And Lowry is old and expensive.



  • nat egg May 18, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I want Lonzo’s balls.

    • Bart the Tinder Dud May 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Set up on blind date with smokeshow Nat Egg. Saw pics of her and think she’s a bottom heavy but going anyway as favor to friend. Any advice?

    • What what what? May 18, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Bill Simmons? The guy that kyle said was the next big thing in sports talk…. then his show got canceled a month later…. Kyle really understands this industry.
      And Kyle, are you really that much of a beta male not to mention the biggest sporting event in history???? McGregor Mayweather????

      • kyle scott May 18, 2017 at 9:34 am

        You guys! Stop it! Fighting is wrong , OK? Baseball is my favorite sport because nobody gets hurt. UFC and boxing are barbaric! Philadelphia is a city of peace, not violence …. seriously you guys!

        • let the gains begin May 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

          Wow, Kyle… you are so gay.

          • Andy Schreiber's mule dick May 18, 2017 at 9:58 am

            Seriously , I know this is a fake Kyle, but you know that’s what Kyle really thinks.

      • Alpha Male May 18, 2017 at 10:01 am

        September 2 is the perfect day for this fight. Can not wait. $200 pay per view … well worth it.

    • Kyle Scott hates non binary gendered Americans May 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

      This is such a terrible draft. They need to get rid of the “One and done rule” TODAY!
      If kids are good enough to go pro out of HS let them do it. And lets let these college players develop.
      Not a single top 10 pick this year will be a star player. And yes, Ben Simmons will be a bust.

      • if you're guna wear gym shorts, you better be packin some heat May 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

        These kids need the college education first and foremost.

        • in all seriousness May 18, 2017 at 10:02 am

          Spuds, Anything on the Eagles rookies???

  • Joel May 18, 2017 at 8:51 am

    People are wrong about Tatum.

  • Gargano Out May 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

    We have seen the last of Gargano at 97.5 fm.

    Garagano announced yesterday that he will be out the next two weeks with Pneumonia.

    Huh, you announce three days ahead of time that you will be out for two weeks with Pneumonia. Please come up with a better excuse, haha!

    Gargano has been out since he went berserk over the firing of his lover, MCW.

    Also, Gargano has ridiculously high salary for someone that can’t even take down the old man at the other station.

    • clemenza May 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

      oh…you won’t be seeing him no more

    • Let's see, you come to work to announce your going to be out sick May 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      That sounds believable. I’m well enough come to work with pneumonia but I will be out getting better.

  • Radio Head May 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Please don’t replace Gargano with that ridiculous Shander!

    I would move Mays to the mornings and bring back Bruno. Harry and Tony are perfect for light hearted morning radio.

    • Phil Theecolards May 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Shander is great, not sure what the hate is there on him.

      • Arthur on the cell May 18, 2017 at 10:25 am

        Philadelphia sports fans hate Eytan Shander because he’s from New York city and you know the inferiority complex Philadelphians have towards New Yorkers.

        With that being said, God bless the Yankees and God bless the New York Giants.

      • Eminem May 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        Shander is my favorite New York wigger!

    • Ron Bowman is a dumb ape May 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

      If Shander ends up as host management will force him to cut out the overly angry confrontational eastern European dbag persona he brings on weekends and Twitter.

      • The Stork's bringing me a baby brother May 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm

        Shander is an unlistenable buffoon who can’t get out of his own way. The condescending way to speaks to callers is ridiculous. Will have to listen to old man Angleo until the Cuz gets back.

  • Mac May 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Get real. They’re not giving up Fultz for Jackson, Okafor and a future draft pick that will probably fall outside the top 5 (Sixers or Lakers). Especially since they drafted Jaylen Brown #3 last year who is very similar to Jackson.

  • GFY May 18, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I’m pretty confident Boston is aware of the fact that Okafor sucks.

  • Frank May 18, 2017 at 9:10 am

    you have 10029282729272393 ads that look like they were put together by a 7 yearold, which means you are struggling to make money. that makes me happy.

  • Sure thing, eh? May 18, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Fultz is “unquestionably” the best player in this draft? Come on dude. It’s evident through all of your basketball posts you don’t have the knowledge to make definitive statements like that. Way too much regurgitation on all of these guys strengths and weaknesses.

  • NBA Joe May 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

    With Gargano now out at 97.5 I have the perfect idea for him and MCW.

    Garage should buy a Primos franchise in South Philly.

    He can sit back, eat, socialize with customers and add to his ever growing physique.

    Meanwhile, Gargano can eat, socialize with customers, and add to his ever growing waistline.

    MCW can wait tables and call out orders over microphone system. Don’t forget her previous updates experience.

    You can also bring in Baldi for special events and eatings contests held on location!

  • Cuz's 2 week suspension May 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

    El wingador writes about basketball????

  • Innes' Failed Diet May 18, 2017 at 9:43 am

    If the Celtics were fine with not drafting Fultz they could use the #1 pick as leverage against the Lakers to trade up for Ball Then they could do the same with the Sixers for the #2 pick. The Celtics could walk away with a windfall in future picks while still getting what they are comfortable with.

  • 2 weeks off Cuz I'm sick May 18, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Is all this Gargano talk legit? Did he really make that announcement?

    • q May 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

      fake sick

      • The Stork's bringing me a baby brother May 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm

        HIs voice has been annoyingly terrible for weeks now. He needs to stay away from MCW and get some rest.

  • Angelo's fake laugh May 18, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Nothing on my new shoes?


  • Rip roger ailes May 18, 2017 at 9:53 am

    But don’t tell Jillian, she’s too busy posting selfies from Fox News HQ!

  • Beau McGettigan May 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I like boys that like boys!

    • Beau McGettigan of Keller WIlliams Realty May 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Me and my Keller Williams colleagues will be hosting an invite only #SwingerFest2017 party at one of my empty houses that is on the market. All of your favorite dealership personalities will be there to fulfill every need and want on command.

  • Slowpoke Rodriguez May 18, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Couldn’t find the article because I was lost in a sea of ads.
    Congrats on becoming the soccer jersey of blogs & whoring the layout up with shitty advertisements.

    Also, how does it feel that Jim got to sit on a panel at the draft party while you watched it on facebook?

    I’ll hang up and listen…

  • i'm not bill simmons, but May 18, 2017 at 10:39 am

    anyone with half a frickin brain could see the sixers entertaining thoughts of moving up two spots to draft Fultz…..they have future draft picks, a former #3 pick, and a need. what if the Celtics take someone other than Fultz, so say the sixers try to trade with the lakers their own #3 pick and give them back their #1 next year…..why not?

    • Reader James May 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Why would they do that? If Celtics take someone other then Fultz at #1 and then the Lakers go with Ball because I’m sure pretty sure LaVar Ball is willing to do anything for his son to play for the Lakers which I’m sure includes sucking Magic Johnson’s HIV+ dick….then the Sixers don’t have to do a thing to get Fultz.

  • Radiohead May 18, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Garage announcement on Mike Missanelli show on Monday:

    I will be off the next two weeks per doctors orders for “Pneumonia”!


    So you go on another show and during the segment you throw this out then the last couple days we hear Shander announce Gargano is out next two weeks for Pneumonia.

    This has to be the biggest crap excuse in the history of radio.

    Stop being a pussy Gargano and just man up that you are leaving the station because of the firing of your girlfriend, lover, home wrecker MCW!@

  • Lock Him up! May 18, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Lock Him Up!

  • Only way C's make this trade is for both Lakers and Kings picks May 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Why would they drop down two spots when both picks could fall in 7,8 or 9 range. They want two chances that one of the picks is a top 5. You really want to help a team in your conference. Ainge isn’t running a charity.

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