NBA writer suggests Sixers should trade Ben Simmons and CJ McCollum before camp
Throughout the offseason, the Sixers have been willing to ship Ben Simmons at the right price. One team that could land Ben Simmons and more is the Portland Trail Blazers. As the Blazers entered a critical offseason, many speculated that one or both of their key stars could be traded elsewhere during the offseason.
This has led some to believe that Damian Lillard could finally find a new home in the NBA. As expected, the 76ers were intrigued. As Lillard would be a stellar addition to a Sixers team led by Joel Embiid, he became Daryl Morey’s primary target this summer.
At this point, it has become clear that Lillard isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Now the focus is shifted from Lillard to the next best thing in Portland, CJ McCollum.
The 29-year-old goalie may not have as many All-Star nods as his co-star, but he’s averaged over 20 points per game over the past six seasons. As a 40% career shooter beyond the arc, McCollum could be a solid addition to the Sixers’ starting lineup. Therefore, Launderer report Zach Buckley suggests the Sixers should go for McCollum as the chances of landing Lillard are gone.
“Philly needs an offensive co-star for Joel Embiid. Portland needs an elite stopper to mend its 29th-ranked defense. Be determined by an outstanding lottery-protected pick due to the Bulls – for the fact that Simmons is younger, on contract longer and has a higher cap. ”
McCollum’s landing and potentially more may not be the home trade Daryl Morey envisioned, but it could be his best option if Lillard and Washington Wizards goaltender Bradley Beal remains happy with their respective organizations.
The Sixers’ starting lineup would take a defensive blow, but their offense could see a nice boost as McCollum brings a willingness to shoot and is consistent on the pitch. While Buckley suggests the Sixers and Blazers should make a pre-camp trade, the Sixers seem determined to keep Simmons on board for now, as Morey continues to be hopeful that a big problem arises in his lap.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.