Let the Ben Simmons to the Lakers rumors begin right now.
The Philadelphia 76ers star ended the season on a terrible note, with the Sixers getting bounced from the playoffs in a Game 7 defeat against the Atlanta Hawks in front of a home crowd in Philadelphia. Trade speculation would soon surface in the weeks since, putting Simmons’ disappointing postseason performance under a high-power microscope.
The team has reportedly turned down the Indiana Pacers for a deal.
In the meantime, Simmons reportedly has purchased a custom-built home in the exclusive Los Angeles community of Hidden Hills, a gated area in the Santa Monica mountains where the Kardashian family and other high-profile celebrities also own property.
The $17.5 million purchase was reported Wednesday by Dirt.
“Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on a 1.5 acre lot, the Simmons estate was built new in 2021 and features a modern farmhouse-style architecture bent, with charcoal-colored brick and reclaimed wood siding. Designed and built by Max Nobel of Nobel LA, the compound includes a main mansion and house-sized guesthouse, plus two separate swimming pools. On a lushly landscaped 1.5 acre lot, the spread weighs in with seven bedrooms and eight baths in about 12,000 square feet of living space.”
Naturally, his purchase caused a ton of speculation online:
Simmons signed a five-year, $170 million max contract with the Sixers in 2019.