By Teddy Brenner

Sixers big boss Daryl Morey started trying to trade crybaby Ben Simmons as soon as the Hawks dumped Philly from the Eastern semis on June 20.

And he had reportedly targeted Damian Lillard as his No. 1 choice.

Morey and the Sixers still have hopes to acquire Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers, but Lillard has backed off on his desire to leave Portland, giving Chauncey Billups a shot as their new head coach and per Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Sixers are waiting on a prayer in order to acquire Lillard:

But here’s the thing: Morey has made it clear, both then and now, that he has extremely high expectations for the eventual return on a Simmons deal. I get it, for sure, as we’re talking about a three-time All-Star and one-time All-NBA player.

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.

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