After the offer of Malcolm Brogdon and a first round pick didint impress the Sixers, talks stopped. However, the Pacers still are trying to get Ben, and the Sixers want Caris Levert. Could this trade work for both of these teams?
SIXERS: For the Sixers, Caris can replace Ben's playmkaing/passing, and with TJ McConnell, it gets even better. Caris can be their 3rd option, and be that big guard that they can use with a questionably sized lineup (Harris at the 4, Green at the 3, undersized 2). They would lose defense, but then they would get that back in TJ McConnell, obviously not as good but still very good. They would also get Jeramy Lamb, who could be good offensively and they could resign him, or its fiananntial flexibility. There depth would also be a lot better.
PACERS: After getting their Brogdon + first offer turned down, the Pacers are still wanting get Simmons, and now the Sixers are wanting Levert. Although they dont want to give him up, do they want Ben enough to give up Levert? There are a few benefits to giving up Levert over Brogdon.
1: Their shooting doesnt suffer. With having one star, that star being more of a number 2 star, they need to have optimal spacing, having Turner, Levert, Simmons and Sabonis is rather atrocious spacing, so this would help.
2: Defense. Simmons is a clear upgrade over Brogdon, however, to make it even better, Levert is a below average to average defender, so getting Simmons instead of him would upgrade their D a lot.
So for these reasons, its not too bad to give up Levert. They would lose a lot of depth, however, they have plenty of it especially at the 1-2 spot so they could give their young players more opportunity like Brisette, and Duarter and also give Justin Holiday who could give them some good 3 & D minutes more time.