By Jerry Wein 

Shams Charania of The Stadium and The Athletic reports that Ben Simmons’ stance has not changed despite also meeting with coach Doc Rivers and having taken a physical.

And the Sixers are still targeting a trade for Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard:

The Sixers would love to get him back on the floor, but I’m told there really isn’t any change as far as where he stands mentally.

I think he’s wanted a trade. I think, mentally, that hasn’t changed, and so, it’s still not clear where he stands with the organization.

He’s met with Doc Rivers, Daryl Morey, Elton Brand, I’ve been told some of those meetings have gone pretty short.

The organization probably feels like it’s gone well so you have two different sides to this and I think rival teams still believe he will be moved, it’s just a matter of time and one player that Philadelphia has monitored throughout the last few months and I think it will continue and the ball will continue to be rolled is Damian Lillard with Portland.

I think there’s going to be a light going into this upcoming NBA season on the future of Damian Lillard and if Portland gets off to a rough start, like, I’ll tell you guys this if they’re not improved under Chauncey Billups this year, they risk losing Damian Lillard long term.