On a side note, I prier Ingram, but I have this hunch the Lakers wind up with Simmons. Simmons and his camp are making it a little way too obvious where he wants to go, and I can see him refusing to work out for Philadelphia, making the choice fairly easy.
The thing is, Simmons is a great fit in Philly with his passing skills, but I can see your point. They have a crowded front court and Ingram is more a Kevin Durant player and he can fit on the wing which is a huge need for the Sixers. I know that when Jim and Mitch see Simmons they see Magic (albeit without the personality or charisma). I remember the biggest question regarding Magic when he was drafted was his lack of a shot, but he had a strong work ethic and worked hard to be a serviceable shooter. I just don't know (from his time at LSU) whether Simmons has any work ethic and I have some character questions regarding the kid. Either way, they both fit on the Lakers. The one thing I can see from drafting Simmons is that it should end all Kevin Durant talk. They would likely play the same position (wing) and at least Simmons does try to play defense. Save the money for a rim protector and a two who will move Clarkson to a sixth man role (if he isn't traded). I still think that trading Clarkson to get back into the first round would be a sound idea. It appeared his game has plateaued and I don't think there are enough basketballs on the court to keep him, Russell and likely Simmons happy. The Sixers at 25 might be where we deal Clarkson and take a shot at UNLV wing Patrick McCaw. He is tall, a great passer and has decent range on his jumper. His only downside is that he weighs less than 200 lbs. Keep the 32 pick and go for a big man so that we can lose Black (who has zero offensive skills and only seems to know how to foul). I like AJ Hammonds from Purdue. Sure, he is slow, but he is massive and he can put the ball in the hoop. Plus, that Big Ten thing doesn't hurt.
I am kind of thinking we pocket some money this season and only target one max free agent. As much as he scares me, I think that Jim and Mitch will go hard after Hassan Whiteside. I just get the feeling that Whiteside is too injury prone and I worry about his past. Then again, maybe Walton will be able to get to him. I know some are hoping for Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, but this feels too Ned Colletti for me and while surrounding yourself with players you are comfortable with, the reason the Warriors work is that Curry is such a strong leader and I don't see either Barnes or Ezeli being worth the money with the leaderless Lakers.