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Stephen A. Smith: Ben Simmons could end up with the Warriors

The Ben Simmons rumor mill continues to churn, and the latest potential suitor is a name you should expect to hear a ton up until draft night in late July: the Golden State Warriors. That’s the word from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who has been a source of a lot of Simmons gossip this past week. On Friday’s edition of First Take, here’s what Smith had to say about the meeting between Simmons’ representation and Philly’s front office, in addition to potential interest on the Warriors’ end.
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Stephen A. Smith: Here’s the reality โ€” as it was reported, Rich Paul talked to the Philadelphia 76ers, and obviously, he’s Ben Simmons’ agent, so you’re going to want some involvement. Didn’t ask for a trade, but certainly if Ben Simmons were to be traded, he wants some say in where he goes. That’s what the reality is. And in the end, Philadelphia is trying to claim that Philadelphia is not interested in moving Ben Simmons.
Stephen A. Smith: Let me tell y’all something, that’s a damn lie. That’s a damn lie. It’s just that they’re not interested in getting trash back for him. You make a solid, bonafide offer, the Philadelphia 76ers are going to consider it. I believe the Golden State Warriors are going to make a push for Ben Simmons, so keep your ears tuned, stay tuned. It’s possible Ben Simmons could end up in Golden State.
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