The Philadelphia 76ers continue to maintain hope of trading Ben Simmons in a package to the Portland Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard, but discussions continue with other teams.

According to Bleacher Report, talks between the Sixers and the Toronto Raptors are considered to be the most advanced of any that have been had on Simmons. Philadelphia is interested in acquiring Kyle Lowry from the Raptors, as they were at last season's trade deadline.

"The overwhelming expectation around the NBA remains that Philadelphia will trade Simmons before the start of training camp," writes Jake Fischer at Bleacher Report.

Simmons is signed through the 24-25 season and will make $40.3 million in the final season.