Ben Simmons

If the Philadelphia 76ers are going to trade Ben Simmons for anybody on the Portland Trail Blazers, it's going to be Damian Lillard. The possibility of the Sixers settling for a Simmons-for-CJ McCollum swap has been floated consistently -- and a recent report that suggested Lillard wanted to play with Simmons pushed such speculation into overdrive -- but as of now, that's not going to happen. 

The Sixers haven't spoken to Portland in recent weeks, and the team isn't currently interested in McCollum as the centerpiece of a return in a trade for Simmons, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CBS Sports. Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice first reported on the Sixers' stance regarding McCollum on Monday night. The Sixers will continue to keep their options open leading up to the trade deadline on Feb. 10. 

The addition of McCollum, who is now sidelined indefinitely with a pneumothorax, would improve the Sixers in the present, as it would provide them with a player capable of generating his own offense from the perimeter. However, the team would still lack a true point guard as McCollum has played off the ball over the course of his career, and a three-guard rotation of McCollum, Seth Curry and Tyrese Maxey would leave a lot to be desired on the defensive end for Philadelphia. While he's better on the offensive end, McCollum is nowhere near the defender that Simmons is, so the Sixers are right to have reservations about acquiring him. 

Plus, the Sixers are still practicing patience. On Dec. 15, players that signed with new teams over the offseason will become available to be included in trades for the first time, and that should expand the pool of potential possibilities when it comes to a Simmons trade. The Sixers will have from then until February's trade deadline to make a move. If they fail to do so before the deadline, they'll have to wait until over the offseason. 

76ers not interested in a Ben Simmons for CJ McCollum swap with Trail Blazers, keeping options open

Source:CBSSports.com

76ers not interested in a Ben Simmons for CJ McCollum swap with Trail Blazers, keeping options open

Ben Simmons likes report of Damian Lillard wanting to play with him

Source:Yahoo

Ben Simmons likes report of Damian Lillard wanting to play with him