Here's Athletic info. I still think it's a longshot due to the asking price. But I also think in most cases the Sixers would not have to include Thybulle or Maxey. Dame is an exception, due to both his value and what a big deal it would be for the Blazers to give up on him. (I bet Ben wouldn't want to go to Portland either. Would actually be a good quiet market for him, but he'd have little shot at a ring.)
The 76ers have opened up trade conversations surrounding Simmons and have engaged with teams, sources told The Athletic. Those sources also say that teams that have engaged with the 76ers about Simmons have been met with a high price threshold for the three-time All-Star.
“(The 76ers) want an All-Star-caliber player in return,” one source with knowledge of the ongoing talks said.
Make no mistake: Interest across the league in Simmons remains robust. He’s turning just 25 this month, was an All-NBA team member in 2019-20, is a two-time All-Defensive first-team member and a Rookie of the Year award winner. Simmons is under contract through 2025, making him the type of superstar talent that rarely becomes available at an attainable price at this juncture of his career.