So far, Simmons’ situation remains the same. While the 76ers have told teams they are comfortable bringing Simmons back for the 2021-22 season, rival executives believe it’s only a matter of when — not if — the All-Defensive team stalwart is moved.
...Philadelphia has its eyes set on Portland All-NBA guard Damian Lillard, sources say, but the Trail Blazers have fully focused on continuing to build around Lillard.
Source: Shams Charania/The Athletic
ANALYSIS: Charania also mentioned that the Sixers have discussed a Simmons trade with several teams, including the Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves. However, he added that while Minnesota "have been motivated to find a deal for Simmons," the team would likely need to add a third trade partner.
In the report, Charania noted that Simmons was nearly moved to the Houston Rockets for James Harden last season in a deal that would have also included Matisse Thybulle and two first-round picks. As for Lillard, Charania reports that he is on track to enter training camp in Portland as he continues to evaluate the team's potential.