Report: 76ers asked Blazers for 3 first-rounders, 3 pick swaps for Simmons
The Philadelphia 76ers asked the Portland Trail Blazers for three first-rounders and three pick swaps as part of a potential package for disgruntled star guard Ben Simmons, sources told Stadium's Shams Charania.
The Trail Blazers reportedly rejected the offer.
It's unclear which players Portland would've traded in the proposed deal. Both teams are well over the salary cap, meaning the Trail Blazers would need to offset Simmons' $33-million earnings for this season in any trade.
A potential inclusion of shooting guard CJ McCollum in a deal hasn't generated "traction" for the 76ers, according to Charania.
Simmons is still adamant on forcing an exit from the 76ers. The 25-year-old, who's yet to report to the team, has reportedly emptied his house in Philadelphia and plans to put it up for sale soon.
However, the 76ers are apparently hopeful the three-time All-Star will eventually return to the organization. In the meantime, the franchise reportedly withheld an $8.25-million portion of Simmons' salary that was due to be paid to the former Rookie of the Year on Oct. 1.