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Ben Simmons to Portland? Here's what the national media and social media is saying

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Well, is it time to blow up The Process in Philadelphia?

Following the Sixers Game 7 home series ending loss to the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night, all the chatter has focused in on what Philly does next.

Media members and NBA fans are curious to see what’s next for Ben Simmons after his struggles from the free throw line and offensively this postseason.

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It doesn’t seem like 76ers head coach Doc Rivers is real keen on the pairing of Simmons and Joel Embiid moving forward either. 

“I don’t know that question or the answer to that question right now,” Rivers said postgame when asked if Simmons can still be a point guard for a Championship team like the Sixers aspire to be. “I don’t know the answer to that.” 

And thus, social media has been abuzz with the thought of Ben Simmons leaving Philly.

 

And maybe leaving Philly for Rip City. 

If Simmons is traded, many, especially in the betting world, believe the likely landing spot is Portland if the Blazers are willing to part ways with CJ McCollum.

Many Trail Blazers fans are all in on looking past Simmons' offensive deficiency, for what he can help bring to the Blazers on the other end, not to mention his play-making ability.

"I ain't shoot well from the line this series," Simmons said after the Game 7 loss Sunday night. "Offensively, I wasn't there. I didn't do enough for my teammates. ... There's a lot of things that I need to work on."

The national pundits have weighed in on Simmons leaving Philly as well.

Stephen A. Smith and Magic Johnson on ESPN's First Take discussed at length that it's time for Simmons to move on from the Sixers. 

“I’m not saying Ben Simmons should be given up on because his some scrub or anything like that,” Smith said.

Try and get yourself somebody like CJ McCollum, bring him to Philly. Send Ben Simmons to Portland because with all of the perimeter guys they have and Damian Lillard it will work.

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Not to be outdone, Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless ripped into Simmons’ postseason performance as well on FS1's Get Up.

“Ben Simmons has not gotten better,” Sharpe said. “He’s afraid to shoot. That’s his problem.”

All we know now is this offseason is going to be very interesting! 

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