76ers’ Joel Embiid on Ben Simmons Rift Rumor: Stop Using My Name to Get Programs Forward | Launderer report
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has dismissed rumors that lingering issues with Ben Simmons led the point guard to request a trade from the Sixers.
Keith Pompey from Philadelphia Investigator reported on Tuesday that Simmons had met with the 76ers front office to inform them that he no longer wanted to stay with the team. Jeff Zillgitt from United States today added that a “rift had worsened” between the stars of the Sixers, which was a factor in the situation.
Embiid responded to the claim on Twitter on Wednesday:
Joël “Troel” Embiid @Joel embiid
Sources “Trust me my brother” !! Stop using my name to push people’s calendars. I love and hate drama. I love playing with Ben. Statistics don’t lie. He’s an incredible player and we haven’t all done the job. It’s up to me personally. Hope everyone is back cause we know we’re good enough to win https://t.co/1kq9VI9byE
He then expanded on his thoughts on speculation and fan criticism:
The Sixers have made the playoffs in each of the four seasons Embiid and Simmons have played together, but they haven’t been able to meet championship-level expectations. They haven’t made it past the second round of the playoffs on any of those trips.
Rumors have emerged that Philadelphia could potentially upset its core after being knocked out by the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals in June.
Simmons, who missed a wide-open layup at the end of Game 7 of this series, drew criticism in the aftermath of the season-ending loss.
“I mean, I’ll be honest,” Embiid told reporters. “I thought the turn was when we – I don’t know how to put it – but I thought the turn was right we had an open shot and we took a free throw and we missed the other and then they came down and marked. “
After that game, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers was asked if he thought Simmons could be the point guard for a winning team.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” Rivers replied.
Still, the signature points of the NBA offseason – free agency and draft – came and went without a successful deal involving Simmons, making it look like the 76ers were planning to stick with the Embiid-Simmons tandem for at least. a year.
Now it looks like the 25-year-old Aussie keeper is pushing for a trade ahead of the start of the 2021-22 regular season in late October.
Embiid did not provide context for his comment that “the stats don’t lie,” but it should be noted that the Sixers have the third-best winning percentage in the NBA (.631) during the regular season at in the past four years behind the reigning champion. Milwaukee Bucks (.667) and 2019 Toronto Raptors Champions (.640), by StatMuse.
So Philadelphia got into the running but couldn’t overcome the playoff hurdles needed to win a title, which turns the story of the Embiid-Simmons partnership upside down.
A source told Pompey that Simmons would prefer a trade to one of the “California three teams.” It probably refers to the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, or the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sacramento Kings are the other option that fits the description.
It’s not clear if there’s enough time left in the offseason to strike such an important deal, given that most teams have already completed the important parts of their rostering processes.
For his part, Embiid has made it clear that he is not trying to push Simmons out the door and that he would be happy to be able to claim a championship with his three-time All-Star running mate.