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Stephen A Smith: Blazers May Offer McCollum, Covington And Picks For Simmons

The ESPN personality believes the Blazers have made an offer for Simmons but are wary of alienating CJ McCollum.

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The Portland Trail Blazers might be willing to offer CJ McCollum, Robert Covington and two first round picks for disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons, according to ESPN’s Stephen A Smith.

The vocal personality says sources had told him the Blazers franchise had kept potential offers quiet in order to placate McCollum if the deal was not consummated.

The Portland Trail Blazers from what I’m told, obviously they’re talking about CJ McCollum. They’re talking about Robert Covington. They’re talking about a couple of first round picks. They don’t want to put it out there because you don’t want to alienate CJ McCollum in the event that you keep them.

But nevertheless there’s something that they’ve been willing to offer. The Sixers have not been willing to bite right now.

Smith added that Philadelphia are still not willing to give into Simmons trade demand, causing further friction.

The Sixers are holding their feet firm to the fire because they don’t want to give in and cave in and set a bad precedent by moving somebody, who makes a demand to be moved when he still has four years left on his contract.

That is the situation going on with the Philadelphia 76ers right now, and the bottom line is, everything is just chaotic because Ben Simmons apparently, is willing to sit out the season before he shows up to the Philadelphia 76ers, we know, he can always change his mind that could be just smoke, blowing smoke.