After humiliating postseason defeats for both the Trail Blazers and Sixers, many around the NBA speculated a CJ McCollum for Ben Simmons trade would benefit both franchises.
However, one particular party doesn't see it that way: Ben Simmons himself.
In a radio segment with 95.7 The Game in Philadelphia, Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report said the relationship between the Sixers and Simmons is "beyond repair" but the Klutch client does not want to go to Portland.
"He doesn't want to go to a bad situation," said Dumas. "He's reading the tea leaves. He sees Toronto, he sees Portland and then, being frank being the young socialite that he is, he's not looking to go to any of those situations. He's looking to go to the California teams."
Dumas added Simmons has ignored calls from Joel Embiid and that all his communication will be through his agent, Rich Paul.
Paul also represents Blazers center Jusuf Nurkić, who has voiced his frustration over his four-year, $48 million contract with a partial non-guarantee on the final season.
"I’ve got a non-guaranteed. I don't know if I'll be back. So I’m going to leave that to Rich Paul, my agent," said Nurkiç after being eliminated by Denver.
Simmons has four years remaining with $33 million, $35 million, $37.8 million and $40 million owed to him for each season. Salary matching him and McCollum this offseason would be easy, but a deal seems unlikely to happen due to Neil Olshey's reluctance to deal CJ and Daryl Morey's high asking price.
Also, it appears Simmons does not want to be a Blazer anyways. Given his contract situation he has little say in where he plays next year, however.