Philadelphia’s loftier sights remain set on Lillard and Bradley Beal possibly growing dissatisfied in Portland and Washington, respectively, sources said. A far larger pool of players also become trade-eligible on December 15, then incorporating most of the newly-signed players from this past offseason. It seems the chances of any Simmons trade, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, will grow significantly larger in late December than anytime soon, barring any change in a rival team’s circumstances.
Source: Jake Fischer @ Bleacher Report
What’s the buzz on Twitter?
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Until the Blazers figure out how to play defense and how to run this new offense, expect Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to combine for 55-60 per night to prevent this team from falling into a hole early. In other words, business as usual.
Portland has a lot of work ahead. – 12:46 AM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Catching up on Wizards preseason. The no-PG look with Avdija as the main facilitator alongside Beal was intriguing. Spencer Dinwiddie is quite good. The aggressive defensive style, on the other hand, might require too much from a small group of wing players. – 7:15 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns 93, #Blazers 60 at end of 3rd.
Yes, this one got beyond ugly.
Damian Lillard 12 points (1-of-6 on 3s). Blazers 9-of-29 from deep.
#Suns 15-of-36 from 3. Five guys in double figures with four being reserves Landry Shamet (12), Johnson and Nader (11 each) and McGee (10). – 6:47 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns: Payne, Booker, Bridges, Crowder, Ayton
Blazers: Lillard, McCollum, Powell, Covington, Nurkic
Monty said everyone was available pregame as of the time we talked to him. Would guess that means Chris Paul is resting. – 4:29 PM
Jason Quick @jwquick
Chauncey Billups says he wants to start his usual lineup today in Phoenix – Lillard, McCollum, Powell, Covington, Nurkic – but is not yet sure if CJ (ankle) and Powell (hip) are cleared to go. – 3:46 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
What a half for Barnes. A few days after getting the Jayson Tatum assignment, the rook has been the primary defender on Bradley Beal, who was held without a bucket (0-5 FG) in 18 first-half minutes. Oh, and he’s also got 9 points and 3 assists of his own. Scottie doing it all. – 8:05 PM
Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Wes Unseld Jr. said he was going to insert Deni Avdija into some more unique lineups today.
Out of the first quarter timeout, no traditional PG on the floor: Beal, Kispert, KCP, Avdija, and Gafford – 7:23 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
In his first 5 NBA seasons, @Nikola Vucevic hit 7 threes.
Last year, Vucevic made 176 threes at a 40% clip. He made more threes (176) and threes per game (2.5) than:
Kevin Durant (85, 2.4)
Trae Young (136, 2.2)
Brad Beal (130, 2.2)
Devin Booker (126, 1.9) basketballnews.com/stories/nikola… – 6:09 PM
Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Asked Bradley Beal what his message to the Morgan State basketball team was
“Straight to the team. No cameras for a reason.”
For good measure he shoves my camera 😂 pic.twitter.com/zFkI6IHNu1 – 2:41 PM
More on this storyline
League sources say that Cleveland, Indiana, Minnesota, San Antonio and Toronto (in alphabetical order) have been the most determined suitors for Simmons since last season ended. Morey doesn’t appear to possess anywhere near the leverage in trade talks to demand the level of star he hopes will ultimately headline what the Sixers get in return for Simmons — namely Portland’s Damian Lillard — but from the start he’s been in a far stronger position than Simmons. -via marcstein.substack.com / October 12, 2021
Indiana has been a legitimate suitor for Simmons, league sources say, and really should have been cited more frequently by yours truly along with the other teams (Minnesota, Toronto, San Antonio and Cleveland) that have consistently registered interest in the unhappy Sixer. Indications persist, though, that Philadelphia has been unmoved by the Pacers’ ability to offer Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert as the headliners of a trade package. No matter how unrealistic it sounds, Portland’s Damian Lillard remains the type of starry target Morey seeks. -via marcstein.substack.com / October 8, 2021
Sam Amick: But as you both know, and has been said and written about plenty of times, the Lillard-for-Simmons swap with Portland that is widely seen as Morey’s dream scenario just isn’t realistic. Not yet, anyway. “You’re waiting on a prayer,” the source said of the Lillard scenario. -via The Athletic / October 8, 2021