76ers don’t plan to trade Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons

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Philadelphia 76ers GM Elton Brand has no intentions of trading star players Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, as he wants them as the team’s core.

“I’m not looking to trade Ben or Joel. I’m looking to complement them better,” Brand said. “They’re 24 and 26 and want to be here. You try to make that fit as long as possible.”

Both players are under contract until 2023, so Brand still wants to try to make it work and get other players who fit better alongside them.

It has been previously noted that the 76ers need more shooting to compliment Embiid and Simmons.

“I’m going to talk with Joel and Ben, about the game and how they see it, where they felt we were weak and strong in our play,” Brand said.

Al Horford, who was signed to a four-year, $109 million deal last summer, was not mentioned in Brand’s comments, so he could end up on the trading block in the offseason.

There was always a question of Horford’s fit with the 76ers, specifically with Embiid.

Brand continues to oversee basketball operations after head coach Brett Brown was fired on Aug. 24.

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