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The Minnesota Timberwolves want what they believe to be fair compensation in a potential trade for Jimmy Butler, and don’t seem afraid to ask for a king’s ransom.

In early negotiations with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota reportedly countered by asking for 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, sources told The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

Both sides reportedly gained zero traction following preliminary talks, with Philadelphia now completely out of the running for Butler, sources told The Athletic’s Sam Amick.

Simmons played 81 games for the 52-win Sixers last season, averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.

While a number of teams around the Association have shown considerable interest in acquiring Butler, Minnesota’s asking price is reportedly too steep for their liking, leaving many wondering whether team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau is serious about making a deal.

Butler is also reportedly skeptical about Thibodeau’s intentions and has reached out to Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to find out where they stand on a potential deal.

The 29-year-old reportedly favors a move to South Beach to join the Miami Heat, and has also listed the Los Angeles ClippersBrooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks as favorable landing spots.

Butler is under contract through 2018-19 at a price tag of $19.8 million and has been excused from training camp as the front office continues their trade pursuit.

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LeBron James no longer impedes the path of 14 other teams in the Eastern Conference, leaving the Boston Celtics as perhaps the biggest threat to advance to the NBA Finals and compete for a championship.

Reigning Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons felt Boston’s wrath with the Philadelphia 76ers in last year’s East semifinals, so he’ll admit that they’re the favorites until proven otherwise.

“We’ve got to get past Boston, those are the guys at the top right now. Beating them, that’s our next goal,” said Simmons to NBA Australia’s James McKern.

“Obviously getting further than the second round and winning the Eastern Conference finals and then moving on to the Finals (are the team’s other goals).”

The 22-year-old Australian guard is more than justified in placing the Celtics on such a pedestal. Boston eliminated the Sixers in just five games without the services of both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, although three of the team’s victories were decided by five points or fewer.

Philadelphia qualified for the playoffs in 2017-18 with a 52-30 record, which was their best mark since they went 56-26 in 2001.

Whether to mock his Rookie of the Year candidacy or merely prop up Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, the Boston faithful serenaded Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons with jeers throughout Game 1, chanting “Not a rookie” when Simmons was at the charity stripe.

Simmons said he was unphased by the raucous crowd.

“I don’t care. It doesn’t affect me at all,” Simmons said, per ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.

By the letter of the law, the Sixers point forward is in his maiden NBA campaign after missing what would have been his rookie year in 2016-17 due to injury. Certain factions – most vocally out of Salt Lake City – have attempted to dismiss or discredit Simmons’ rookie status, pointing to the undoubtedly valuable experience of being around the team last season.

Rookie or not, Simmons is a potential game-changer for the upstart Sixers. If the taunts about his rookie status aren’t adversely impacting his game, Celtics fans would be wise to let that sleeping dog lie.

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Ben Simmons has heard enough from President Donald Trump.

“I think he’s an idiot,” Simmons told FOX Sports News 500 during the Philadelphia 76ers‘ media day Monday.

“If he were in Australia right now, a lot of people would call him a dickhead, and that’s how I personally feel.”

Trump made headlines this past weekend with his remarks concerning NFL players protesting during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” encouraging owners to fire anyone who “disrespects our flag.” Simmons believes that’s just one of many errors in judgment the POTUS has made.

“Some of the comments he’s just made about players, the NFL, the anthem. Everyone respects America, and everyone thinks America is a great country, but he’s the wrong person to be in charge of it,” added Simmons.

“I think, as a man, you’re not supposed to be tweeting like that, saying remarks about women, what people should be doing, how you talk to leaders of other countries, and putting America in a situation where it doesn’t need to be like that.”

The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft is a native of Melbourne but has dual citizenship. In the country he now calls home, though, he questions whether the man in charge is fit to be in office.

“He just brings more anger and hatred to the U.S. It’s unneeded,” Simmons said.

“I think the U.S. is a great country. I love being here. I’m very appreciative of the job I’m in. I think he’s the wrong person to be in charge. He’s definitely not a leader.”

Simmons will make his debut with Philadelphia this upcoming season after missing the entire 2016-17 campaign with a broken right foot.

NBA: Draft

It’s difficult to look at the young talent on the Philadelphia 76ers‘ roster and not think some great things could be in store for the franchise down the road. According to Thursday’s No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, however, it means a playoff berth as early as next season.

“I am serious when I say that,” Fultz said at his introductory news conference Friday, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “That is not just me talking because I am a player. I really think that we can be a (playoff team).”

The Sixers have gone a combined 75-253 over the past four seasons, and that impotence has been rewarded with draft talent such as Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric. Still, Simmons – like Fultz – has yet to play an NBA game, while Embiid has been limited to 31 contests.

There will be growing pains, but the talent alone is tantalizing enough to wonder how long it will take to begin gelling. Coach Brett Brown is realistic, but thrilled.

“The fact that our backcourt hasn’t played a second together, hasn’t played a second of NBA basketball, one is 19, one is 20, is daunting,” Brown said. “But on the sadistic side, it is completely exciting to me. Imagine holding onto that and growing.”

NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers

Poor Brett Brown.

The Process Era for the Philadelphia 76ers will either go down as a tremendous success or an ignominious failure, but regardless of the outcome, the past three seasons’ staggering number of losses will remain on Brown’s ledger.

Though Brown’s worked to maintain his sunny disposition, some stretches are still tough for him to stomach, like the Sixers’ recent spate of injuries.

“How can we all not look at that and just admit it? Let’s call it for what it is. My analytics people tell me I’ve played 64 five-man rotations since the All-Star break,” Brown told Corey Seidman of CSN Philly.

“That’s not 40 games, that’s six games. Think about that. It’s born out of injury, it’s born out of trades, that’s just the way it is.”

Philadelphia’s lost Joel Embiid, Jerryd Bayless, and Ben Simmons to season-ending injuries, and shipped Nerlens Noel away in a trade that netted nothing of immediate value. Jahlil Okafor and Tiago Splitter are also hampered by nagging ailments.

The injury situation is so dire that backup forward Shawn Long, fresh out of the D-League on a 10-day contract, logged 15 minutes in Monday’s loss to Milwaukee and nearly led the team in scoring with 13 points.

The Sixers have employed rosters numbering 23, 25, 18, and now 19 players this season owing to various injuries and transactions.

“The good news is we’ve had a lot of practice at this,” Brown said. “When I say we, I mean me and my coaching staff.”

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For the first time in recent memory, there was excitement surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers – especially around No. 1 pick Ben Simmons.

That enthusiasm was short-lived, though, as the former LSU star suffered a foot injury in training camp and is set to undergo surgery this week, which is expected to sidelined him for at least three months.

Now there’s a chance he won’t suit up at all this season – if his agent has it his way.

Simmons is represented by superagent Rich Paul, who reportedly doesn’t want the 20-year-old to see the floor in 2016-17.

“I just got off the phone with somebody who I really trust in the NBA, and he’s like there’s no way his agent is going to let him play this year,” Bob Cooney from the Philadelphia Daily News said Monday on 97.5 The Fanatic.

“That’s an injury that you don’t mess around with, and he thinks he’s going to keep him off his feet all year.”

It’s worth noting Cooney has heard varying opinions from doctors, team officials, and people around the league, with this particular source saying he doesn’t see Simmons making his NBA debut in the upcoming campaign.

The 76ers have been cautious regarding player injuries, which they’ve had to deal with more than they would’ve liked throughout The Process. For instance, rookie Joel Embiid missed the last two seasons while recovering from foot injuries and related surgeries.

While it’s not necessarily what Philly fans want to hear right now, Cooney also named Simmons as the player who stood out to him the most at training camp. He described the 6-foot-10 forward as a playmaker who makes things happen for the squad.