10 Players the Nets may replace Ben Simmons with by the trade deadline

Brooklyn Nets, Ben Simmons. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
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Brooklyn Nets, Zion Williamson
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1. Zion Williamson

The Pelicans are off to a strong start but could be facing a last-chance season with their roster. Zion Williamson has struggled to stay healthy in his first four years but has proven to be a superstar when on the floor. Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum flank him in New Orleans, but is that group enough to make a deep playoff run?

Another Zion injury or the roster falling apart could have David Griffin blowing this team up before the deadline. Zion would fetch a massive price, especially if he is healthy and averaging massive numbers. The Nets have assets and could be looking to make a massive splash.

Williamson does not space the floor, but Brooklyn has plenty of shooters. He will relentlessly attack the basket and make plays for his teammates. Zion could be a fantastic fit with the Nets, and Nicolas Claxton would provide some defensive cover for the All-Star.

Will the Brooklyn Nets shop Ben Simmons before the trade deadline? He could be the salary-matcher in a blockbuster trade or some team may desire his potential. The Nets need top-end talent if they want to contend. Can they turn Simmons into some? Sean Marks has pulled off crazier moves, so do not count it out.