The Philadelphia 76ers are widely expected to keep Ben Simmons when training camp opens on September 28th unless the Portland Trail Blazers make Damian Lillard available in a trade package.
The 76ers have sought a "James Harden-like" package for Simmons so far in trade talks with other teams. Philadelphia would theoretically like to flip that package to the Blazers for Lillard should a trade materialize that meets those standards.
The 76ers signed Joel Embiid to a four-year, $196 million extension on Tuesday and are clearly trying to maximize his title window.
A trade of Simmons is widely considered an inevitability but the 76ers are not prepared to rush a deal. Simmons expects to be traded and has not personally been in close contact with Daryl Morey, Embiid or Doc Rivers this offseason.
Simmons' camp has canvassed the league gauging their interest in creating a new home for him.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs have been the teams most consistently linked with Simmons.