now the Blazers are going to want Simmons for CJ and the Sixers are going to want Dame for Simmons.
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the gap between Dame and Simmons is a hell of a lot bigger than the gap between Simmons and CJ. Both Simmons and CJ have their warts, but right now the warts on Simmons are pretty significant.
No way Portland trades Dame this season, and they have no overwhelming need to trade CJ (even though they should). Meanwhile, Philly is between a rock and a hard place, and if they call Simmons bluff, and he does sit out training camp, his value will tank even more than it has already
as to the CJ for Harris idea. I'd grant that Harris might be a little better player. But he doesn't have much versatility. However, Portland's big problem is that they don't have a 2nd star yet CJ's usage and salary are taking all the air out of the room. In that regard, CJ for Harris doesn't accomplish anything significant for Portland. they'd be right back where they are now paying 2nd star money, and giving 2nd star usage, to a non-star. And paying 5M/year more than they are now
not a chance Portland adds RoCo to a Harris trade