Portland Trail Blazers in From +1100 to -120 To Be Ben Simmons Next Club

Ben Simmons's time in Philadelphia is coming to an end. Portland is now the frontrunner for the former first overall pick.
Matt O'Leary
Tue, September 21, 5:23 AM EDT

Portland Trail Blazers in from +1100 to -120 to be Ben Simmons next club

Trust the process, right? Fans of the Philadelphia 76ers have heard the phrase “trust the process” pretty much since Sam Hinkie got to the 76ers back in 2013. For three years in a row, the 76ers won less than 20 games and had four top three picks in the NBA draft from 2014 through 2017.

Now, fast forward to today and the process is in question. After four years in a row of playoff exits before the Eastern Conference Finals, the 76ers may look to make some changes to their core.

The biggest change will likely be ridding themselves of the former first overall pick in 2016, Ben Simmons. Simmons is an interesting case study around the NBA.

He didn’t play in his first year in the NBA due to a foot injury but in the four years he has in the league he’s averaged 15.9 points per game to go along with 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists. He’s not necessarily a bad player, he just hasn’t lived up to the hype of the number one overall pick.

Arguably the biggest reason for the change is his performance in the playoffs. In the final three games of the Atlanta series, he had eight, six, and five points. In Game 7, he went just two of four from the field and passed up on an open layup for a contested shot as time wound down. 

With a Simmons holdout looming, the 76ers will likely look to deal him and we have a new frontrunner to land him.

Portland Trail Blazer -120

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When Ben Simmons originally requested a trade earlier this month, we looked at the teams most likely to land him. At the time, the Trail Blazers were +1100 but now they’re looked at as a favorite in the -120 range.

If a trade were to happen between these two teams it would likely be one of those NBA blockbuster deals with a massive return going each way. I’d imagine Philadelphia would like to do a package for Damian Lillard.

It would take a lot but Lillard, who is a six-time all-star could be exactly what Philly needs to get over the hump. Damian is a much more offensive point guard compared to Simmons as he’s averaged 24.7 points per game to go along with 6.6 assists for his career.

The thought of Lillard playing with Joel Embiid would be fun for Sixers fans but would Portland be willing to give up on homegrown talent? All nine of Damian’s seasons in the NBA have been spent in Portland.

Still, it’s fun to dream and it looks like Portland’s interest is really heating up based on the updated odds. One thing is for certain, it looks like Simmons’ time in the City of Brotherly Love is finally coming to a close.

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Ben Simmons Next Team Odds

Team Name Odds
Portland Trail Blazers -120
Houston Rockets +250
Minnesota Timberwolves +325
Golden State Warriors +750
Sacramento Kings +900
San Antonio Spurs +1200
Los Angeles Lakers +1500
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