The Portland Trail Blazers face serious questions as the trade market heats up prior to the NBA Draft. Following Portland’s early exit from the NBA Playoffs, star guard Damian Lillard hinted that he expects the Blazers to make significant moves towards title contention this offseason. According to a report from Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the rest of the NBA has also taken notice of the high-pressure situation that is developing in Portland.
Fischer revealed that the Sixers have not received a trade offer for Ben Simmons that would send an All-Star player back to Philadelphia. The report went on to explain that Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey could be waiting for Lillard to demand a trade.
Time is on Philadelphia’s side. The Sixers are not required to trade Simmons, although the overwhelming expectation around the league is that he will be moved before the 2021-22 season tips. That could occur in August; team executives are anxiously awaiting Damian Lillard’s return from the Tokyo Olympics, and a potential trade request that could occur if the All-Star guard doesn’t endorse Portland’s offseason roster adjustments.
“I think Daryl is just waiting for the Dame situation to explode,” said one team official.
Fischer’s report follows a similar line of thinking that was recently outlined in an article from Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus.
In regard to Simmons’ trade market, Fischer revealed that five teams have emerged. The Cavaliers, Pacers, Timberwolves, Kings and Raptors have shown interest in acquiring the former No. 1 pick.
You can read the full story from Fischer at Bleacher Report.