The Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers discussed blockbuster trade packages during now-former general manager Neil Olshey's tenure with Portland that would have achieved Damian Lillard's desired goal of playing alongside Ben Simmons, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick.

The two teams reportedly discussed a package for Simmons that included guard CJ McCollum, a first-round pick, and a young player such as Nassir Little or Anfernee Simons; Philadelphia apparently offered Simmons for McCollum and multiple first-round picks and pick swaps - a proposal the Trail Blazers rejected.

Portland fired Olshey on Friday following a monthlong investigation into workplace misconduct allegations, ending nearly a decade of leadership that produced the NBA's longest active playoff streak (eight seasons).

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