According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Sixers are hoping for the opportunity to land Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard.
O’Connor on Simmons:
There’s also Ben Simmons, the Sixers All-Star who spends nearly all of his off time in Los Angeles and would add a much-needed playmaking dimension to the Clippers. Regardless of the other pieces involved in a potential deal, would Leonard want to team up with Simmons after the latter’s disastrous postseason? Is that a deal the Sixers would want to make, when league sources say they’re also hoping for an opportunity to land Lillard?
It would be tough for the Sixers to land a guy like Lillard as they would have to give up Simmons and more in order to get the deal done, but a Lillard and Joel Embiid pairing puts them at the top of the East in terms of title contention. Lillard is ready to win now and if things go sour in Portland, the Sixers will swoop in with a trade offer for him.