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Simmons is under contract through 2024-25, and the 76ers have elected to slow play the trade process with two beliefs – 1) that the marriage is still salvageable, and 2) that there is no trade right now that improves the roster, or at the very least keeps them as an Eastern Conference contender. “

But what happens if we get to the start of the season and the situation is the same? Or come early December and the 76ers are a.500 team?

Would Philadelphia take the best deal on the table or wait until after Dec. 15, when trade restrictions are lifted on most of the free agents signed this offseason?

To show the challenges the 76ers’ front office faces in finding the right trade, we have broken down the 29 teams into five different tiers, starting with the group that has the combination of young prospects, top-caliber players, contracts and draft assets to make a deal.

At a minimum, a team has to send out at least $26.5 million in salary for a Simmons trade to work.

Tier 1: Teams that check all the boxes

Portland Trail Blazers

Removing Damian Lillard from any trade talks leaves the Blazers with CJ McCollum as their prized trade asset.

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