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Raptors should thank Ben Simmons for eliminating 76ers’ leverage

The Toronto Raptors have watched one of their principal rivals, the reigning Atlantic Division champions in the Philadelphia 76ers, end up saddled with one of the most radioactive contracts in the game in Ben Simmons.

While he has elite defensive skills and several All-Star nods, he melted down in the postseason due to his inability to shoot on offense.

Simmons has been essentially cutting ties with the 76ers this offseason, with comments from head coach Doc Rivers about his ability to contribute to a winning team cutting him deep. Simmons is trying to make the breakup official by refusing to ever put on red, white, and blue again.