Report: Simmons, Sixers Not Looking to Part Ways
We are just four days removed from the Sixers being eliminated in the postseason, and the chatter around the team has gone off the deep end. From the moment the Hawks secured a victory in game 7, talk ensued about major changes happening in Philadelphia.
Following his poor performance against the Hawks, many feel Ben Simmons could benefit from a change of scenery. While these trade talks have been almost endless, the Sixers remain committed to the 24-year-old. During exit interviews, Doc Rivers and Daryl Morey spoke on wanting to help Simmons and continue improving the team around its big three.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Simmons is also looking to remain in Philadelphia. Simmons' agent Rich Paul met with Morey and Elton Brand in Chicago, and no formal trade request has been put in. Both sides discussed what Simmons' future looks like with the Sixers.
It was also reported that even with his playoff struggles, Simmons still has a lot of value around the league. "There is still great interest in him around the league. There's a lot of intrigue about if Philly would make him available," he said Thursday.
Things are still relatively raw around the Sixers as they did not anticipate their offseason starting so soon. A final decision on what to do with Simmons moving forward will likely not come for weeks.
The Sixers' front office and coaching staff have some tough conversations coming up. With Joel Embiid playing at an MVP level and reaching his prime seasons, the time to compete for championships is now. They need to capitalize on having one of the league's most dominant players in his peak years.
Morey did a great job revamping the Sixers' roster in his first year at the helm and is sure to continue putting this team in the best position to compete for a title.