After publicly showing lots of displeasure with the Trail Blazers coaching hire of Chauncey Billups and their continual inability to put a strong supporting cast around him, the only thing that seems certain at this point is that Damian Lillard wants out of Portland and fast. Having no shortage of suitors, one team that would be a perfect fit for Lillard is the Philadelphia Sixers, with Joel Embiid.
Already having strong dissatisfaction with Ben Simmons’ ability to perform at a high level and his poor work ethic, the Sixers may be looking to make a change this offseason as well. Given all the issues both organizations are currently having with their respective stars, a trade could be the solution to this problem. Having said that, let’s take a look at the two best trades the Sixers can make to land Damian Lillard and pair him with franchise super star Joel Embiid.
Sixers receive: Damian Lillard and Robert Covington
Trail Blazers receive: Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, and a 2021, 2023, and 2028 first-round pick
Given Damian Lillard’s continued frustrations with the Trail Blazers front office and the Sixers’ public dissatisfaction with Ben Simmons, this trade seems like a no-brainer. However, there’s much more involved in this deal than just a straight swap of Damian Lillard for Ben Simmons. The Sixers would be sacrificing a lot of defense by trading away Simmons and the Blazers would sacrifice a lot of scoring by trading away Lillard.