On July 6th, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a blockbuster trade between their two teams. The Sixers sent reigning Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons to Portland in exchange for what turned out to be an impressive package, including Dario Saric and Robert Covington. While it is still early, it appears that Philly just saved its season with this move; however one key piece remains: JJ Redick’s contract. What should they do?
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The “ben simmonsblazers trade” is a topic that has been making headlines recently. The 76ers need to offer the Portland Trail Blazers before it’s too late.

The Season-Saving Ben Simmons Trade the 76ers Need to Offer the Panicking Trail Blazers Before It's Too Late

Ben Simmons may have finally found a trade destination in the Philadelphia 76ers.

Damian Lillard is apparently fed up with the underperforming Portland Trail Blazers and wants to hook up with Simmons to salvage the club’s season. Daryl Morey has to pick up the phone and make a trade that may assist both organizations fix their most apparent issues, with the Blazers panicking about their early-season troubles and their unhappy superstar getting more and more agitated by the day.

Damian Lillard has just made it possible for the Trail Blazers to acquire Ben Simmons.

Since Simmons sought a trade from the 76ers in August, the other 29 NBA clubs have had a lot of influence in trade negotiations with Philadelphia. Every general manager in the NBA knows Simmons will never play for the Sixers again, so they are unlikely to put up a superstar in a trade.

The 76ers, on the other hand, have just discovered some much-needed leverage due to Lillard.

Lillard “would prefer to play” with Simmons on the Trail Blazers, according to Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic. The six-time All-Star isn’t ready to leave the Blazers just yet, but he does want to see the team sign a defensive playmaker like Simmons. Through 24 games, Portland has the poorest defensive rating in the NBA (114.0), and it just let up a season-high 145 points to the Boston Celtics in its most humiliating defeat of the season.

With the Trail Blazers having a losing record a quarter of the way through the season, general manager Neil Olshey having just been fired, and now hearing concerns from their franchise player, it may be time to sign Simmons.

The 76ers must offer the Trail Blazers the Ben Simmons trade.

Damian Lillard wants to team up with Ben Simmons.

Damian Lillard wants to team up with Ben Simmons. The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons protects the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard | Getty Images/Mitchell Leff

The Trail Blazers aren’t the first team to participate in the Simmons sweepstakes. The Blazers and 76ers discussed a deal including Simmons and CJ McCollum earlier this year, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.

Philadelphia asked Portland for McCollum, three future first-round selections, and three future pick swaps in exchange for Simmons, according to Charania. The Blazers certainly turned down that offer, but they’re in a far worse situation today than they were a few months ago. Morey must strike while the iron is still hot.

If the 76ers are serious about trading Simmons, they should call the Trail Blazers this week and offer a trade for McCollum, Anfernee Simons, and a future first-round selection in exchange for Simmons. And if the Blazers were wise (which they haven’t been in previous years), they’d say yes right away.

For both teams, it was a season-saving transaction.

The Trail Blazers are in desperate need of a defensive stopper who can defend several spots and consistently shut down the other team’s greatest player. They’re also under a lot of pressure to make a move and keep Lillard happy before he gets tired of Portland’s ineptness and demands a trade.

What better way to do this than by giving Lillard exactly what he desires? For the last eight years, Lillard and McCollum have been a devastating backcourt duo, but with no NBA Finals appearances to show for it, it may be time to change things up.

Moving on from Simmons seems to be a must for the 76ers at this time. He’s only adding to Joel Embiid’s golden season with unneeded turmoil. If Philadelphia can add McCollum to its starting lineup, it would instantly become an Eastern Conference contender, and Simons will provide a much-needed scorer to a bench that is still deficient in offensive playmakers.

The Sixers will not have another chance to get Simmons out of town this season, and they must seize it now before it’s too late.

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