Ben Simmons is still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, but he seems to be on his way out as he is expected to not report for the team’s training camp.
The Sixers are hoping to reconcile with the three-time All-Star, but none of the remarks at Sixers media day were persuasive to Ben Simmons, The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported Tuesday.
Also, Amick revealed Simmons believes he is ‘better off’ without the Sixers’ co-star Joel Embiid, as his play does not seem to fit with Simmons’ game.
(via NBC Sports Philadelphia)
“People who have intimate knowledge of how he sees this situation continue to insist that he’s done playing with Embiid. There’s nothing personal about this choice, it seems, but the 25-year-old Simmons has clearly decided that his career is better off without Embiid blocking the runways in the paint that he so badly needs to succeed.
“As he sees it, sources say, the organization’s choice to build its basketball ecosystem around Embiid’s style simply isn’t conducive to the way he needs to play. So while Embiid insisted to reporters on Monday that he wants Simmons back, this much is clear: The feeling is not mutual,” Amick wrote.
Embiid has been a two-way presence throughout his career. Last season, he was the MVP runner-up, leading the Sixers to the top of the East.
Simmons was the runner-up for the Defensive Player of the Year award behind Rudy Gobert. The Simmons-76ers relationship seems to be broken, and a trade may be the only way out of the situation.