NBA Rumors: Massive Update on Damian Lillard’s Future and Its Impact on 76ers, Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving

Published 10/09/2021, 12:40 AM EDT
Jan 30, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrates after making the game winning three point basket at the buzzer against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports


Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has been one of the biggest talking points of the summer. Earlier this off-season, there were reports that Lillard wants to leave the Blazers after spending nine seasons with them. However, the 31-year-old point guard quashed those rumors by hinting that he’s not leaving Portland.

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Despite Lillard not demanding a trade so far, there have been rumors linking him with another franchise.

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The off-season was already wild enough with Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers assembling a ‘super team’. But recently, Bleacher Report published a crazy trade idea that involves five NBA teams. Amongst the players mentioned in the trade idea, Bleacher Report has also provided an update on Damian Lillard’s future.

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Damian Lillard to Philadelphia 76ers?

According to reports, Lillard wants to stay in Portland for now and wants to assess the situation in the franchise. However, Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report has suggested a trade idea involving Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons.

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Andy has suggested that the Philadelphia 76ers would receive Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal in a crazy five-team trade idea. In exchange, they will lose Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, one 2022 first-round pick, one 2023 first-round pick swap, one 2024 first-round pick, one 2026 first-round pick, and one 2023 second-round pick.

The Blazers would receive Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Harrison Barnes, one 2022 first-round pick from the Sixers, and one 2023 first-round pick swap from the Sixers. In exchange, they will lose Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Nassir Little. The Sixers want to rebuild a top roster and Ben Simmons could become their focal point for the same. However, they would then need some quality additions to get the best out of Ben Simmons.

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Jan 30, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrates with his teammates after making the game winning three point basket at the buzzer against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

If it were to actually happen, the Sixers would be the next franchise to build a ‘super team’ ahead of the 2021-22 season. With Lillard and Beal at their disposal, the Sixers could become a title-contending team. Imagine a lineup of Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Danny Green, Matisse Thybulle, and Joel Embiid! Crazy isn’t it?

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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