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76ers not interested in a Ben Simmons for CJ McCollum swap with Trail Blazers, keeping options open

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The possibility of the Sixers settling for a Simmons-for-CJ McCollum swap has been floated consistently – and a recent report that suggested Lillard wanted to play with Simmons pushed such speculation into overdrive – but as of now, that’s not going to happen.

The Sixers haven’t spoken to Portland in recent weeks, and the team isn’t currently interested in McCollum as the centerpiece of a return in a trade for Simmons, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CBS Sports. While he’s better on the offensive end, McCollum is nowhere near the defender that Simmons is, so the Sixers are right to have reservations about acquiring him.

That prudence has an expiration date because if the Sixers don’t trade Simmons before the deadline, it would go against the stated goal of maximizing Embiid’s prime.

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