Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons could never make it work in Philadelphia. And now, it looks like their time together is coming to an end.
After a dismal postseason, Simmons has reportedly told the Sixers’ brass that he has no intention of returning to the team next season.
Ben Simmons Reportedly Told Sixers He Wants to Leave Philly https://t.co/DEETJW80gC
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) August 31, 2021
To no one’s surprise, it was reported that a major part of Ben Simmons’ feelings towards the Sixers has to do with his relationship with Joel Embiid.
Apparently, the animosity was so bad that the Sixers were forced to choose between Simmons and Embiid.
The Sixers reportedly had to pick between Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, per @JeffZillgitt
“The Simmons-Embiid rift had been escalating, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.” pic.twitter.com/HXp3NDaisH
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) September 1, 2021
Shortly after the story about Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons dropped, Embiid took to social media to combat the reports.
He took full responsibility for the Sixers failures in recent years, while commending Simmons on his basketball ability.
Sources “Trust me bro”!! Stop using my name to push people’s agendas. I love and hate drama. I love playing with Ben. Stats don’t lie. He’s an amazing player and we all didn’t get the job done. It’s on me personally. I hope everyone is back cuz we know we’re good enough to win https://t.co/1kq9VI9byE
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) September 1, 2021
Joel Embiid even went as far as to say that he hopes Ben Simmons and the entire roster from last season runs it back with Philly because he knows they’re ‘good enough to win’.
While Embiid might be saying all of the right things right now, I’m sure he’ll be just fine working with a different point guard next season.
It appears that a Ben Simmons trade is on the horizon, it’s just a matter of time.
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