NBA Rumors: Sixers Have Massive Damian Lillard Plans Involving Ben Simmons

Published 11/23/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Feb 11, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles the ball as Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons (25) defends during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA’s new rules have had an impact on a few players in particular. One of them, has been Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. The 31-year-old had a rough start to the campaign, but is beginning to get into the groove. Yet, clicking late has resulted in his team sitting in 7th position. Meanwhile, the 76ers have had a totally contrasting outing. After a sparkling commencement to their campaign, they stumbled in some crucial encounters. In the absence of Ben Simmons, it has been a mixed season thus far, for Joel Embiid and co.

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Things broke down between Simmons and the Sixers at the end of last season, following an abysmal run of games. The 25-year-old has openly expressed his desire to leave, and while the side is open to letting him go, the outlets are few in number. His inability to create chances and score the key points led to a lack of belief in Doc Rivers and Embiid himself, which caused some misunderstandings. Now, it seems like ‘Dame’ holds the key to Simmons’ exit from Philly.

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Sixers reportedly keen on Damian Lillard-Ben Simmons trade

For a long time now, a big section of NBA buffs have claimed that Lillard deserves a new franchise. In his quest for the ultimate gold, perhaps Portland is just not the place to be. Yet, the technically sound guard continues to remain loyal. For the 76ers, the acquisition of a star attacker is of primary importance at the moment. After inside sources revealed that the side was going for the likes of Jerami Grant, Cade Cunningham and others, Daryl Morey’s latest interest has now emerged.

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In spite of his struggles on the offensive end being long documented, Simmons has been top notch defensively. The former All Defensive Team member is now reportedly linked to Portland, per latest sources. Before the trade deadline in February, Philadelphia is apparently very keen on signing an All-star level guard. Gift wrapped to meet their desires, is Damian Lillard himself. Thus, a potential trade between Simmons and Lillard is definitely on the cards.

Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) dribbles up court against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Do you think the Ben Simmons-Damian Lillard deal will go through? Two ginormous talents in their own rights, the pair will add huge value to whichever franchise they represent. Which team will be the bigger winner out of the trade? Comment below.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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