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When Ben Simmons requested a trade last summer, Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey told inquiring teams that he would like to receive an All-Star caliber player in return for the three-time 25-year-old All-Star.

With Damian Lillard's future in Portland in question and Bradley Beal in the same situation out in Washington, it became clear that Morey had his sights set on those two prospects in a potential Simmons trade.

But Lillard made it known many times that he didn't have any intentions of leaving Portland -- and that sentiment never changed. And Beal hasn't shown any interest in leaving DC as they got off to a decent start to the 2021-2022 NBA season.

While Washington has found themselves out of the playoff picture lately, Beal remains off the trade block as the trade deadline approaches. The Sixers won't be landing Lillard or Beal before the 2022 NBA trade deadline. 

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Therefore, all signs are beginning to point towards the Sixers holding onto Ben Simmons for the rest of the year and going into next summer with the idea of shipping the disgruntled All-Star out for another superstar.

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Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.