When you hear about the Portland Trail Blazers, you immediately connect it with Damian Lillard's name. Ever since being drafted by the franchise, Dame has elevated his game exponentially, but his efforts are yet to bring a championship for Blazers fans.
Due to this championship drought, many rumors have emerged that Lillard might leave the franchise. However, the superstar has denied such claims. So, the next step for the Blazers to improve their chances of winning an NBA title is to add more star power alongside their franchise superstar.
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons has been quite vocal about his wishes to leave the team this offseason. Perhaps Simmons could land in Portland and be paired with Lillard. While the Blazers haven't been very involved in this potential trade, NBA fans were quick to create a photoshopped image of Lillard and Simmons in a Blazer jersey.
Apparently, Dame liked a similar post on Twitter, which gave rise to more rumors about Ben coming to Portland.
As it can be seen in the above image, Lillard liked this post. So does it mean that Simmons is going to Portland? Most probably not. After all, there is still no official word about the franchise submitting an offer to acquire him.
But there is one issue: The Blazers would have to give up CJ McCollum to trade for Simmons. McCollum has spent his entire career with the Blazers and is a fan favorite alongside Dame.
If the team trades him, they might receive a lot of scrutiny for doing so. On the other hand, the Blazers need to improve their defense to stand a chance against the other teams in the Western Conference.
Simmons will bring that to the table. At the end of the day, it will all come down to the asking price that the Sixers set for Ben. If it is something that can help the team in their championship ambitions, they should go ahead with it.
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