ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith recently offered some insight into what the market is like for Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons.
According to Smith, the Portland Trail Blazers have been “willing to offer” a package of two players and some first-round picks in exchange for Simmons.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 22, 2021
“The Portland Trail Blazers, from what I’m told, obviously they’re talking about C.J. McCollum. They’re talking about Robert Covington. They’re talking about a couple of first-round picks,” Smith said. “They don’t want to put it out there because you don’t want to alienate C.J. McCollum in the event that you keep him, but nevertheless, it’s something that they’ve been willing to offer. The Sixers have not been willing to bite.”
It seems like the 76ers’ asking price on Simmons is still extremely high. Given the fact that the team has held onto him throughout this rocky offseason, it’s clear that Philadelphia isn’t going to make a deal that it doesn’t love.
The Trail Blazers are clearly willing to make a competitive offer for the three-time All-Star. It has been a frustrating decade for Portland, and the organization evidently is willing to shake things up in order to change its trajectory.
It will be worth monitoring whether the Trail Blazers continue to pop up in rumors. Portland went 42-30 in the 2020-21 season and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
As for Simmons and the Sixers, their saga remains frustrating and full of uncertainty.