Gaze concerned for Ben Simmons
After struggling to recapture the form they displayed in the 2017/18 NBA season, the Philadelphia 67ers have secured the services of highly rated shooting guard/small forward Jimmy Butler in a mid season trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves
In exchange for Butler the 76ers had to part ways with Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick.
Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze joined the Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast show to discuss the trade, “It is huge news. I have to be honest and say that when I heard this my eyebrows raised a little bit. I was a little concerned because you just worry with the Philadelphia team when you bring a guy in that needs the ball, is going to shoot the ball a lot and is clearly a brilliant player, make no mistake about that, but just trying to fit him into that system.
“Last season they had more passes per possession than any other team in the competition and I think that was one of their key factors behind their success.”, Gaze continued.
A former NBA player himself, Gaze was concerned about the effect the signing would have on Australia’s current NBA phenom Ben Simmons, “But you bring in a guy like Jimmy Butler with someone like Ben (Simmons), I think it’s going to take a little time to gel. It’s one of those ones that you’re only going to know in hindsight.”
“I see it as a bit of a gamble by the Philadelphia 76ers. They’ve had to give up quite a bit to get him.”
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