Ben Simmons and the 76ers may not break up after all.
Because Simmons was hesitant to shoot and make poor free throws in the playoffs, he was at the forefront of the 76ers’ failures in the playoffs. Some people think the 24-year-old guard is a bargaining chip for this offseason. .
Not so fast: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, don’t expect a deal to be made. Woj reported that Simmons’ agent Rich Paul made a deal with Philadelphia, but the 76ers will work with Philadelphia to resolve their problems “Committed to Retaining Simmons” move forward:
The source said that Paul and the 76ers discussed whether it makes sense to cooperate in finding a deal before the start of next season, but did not make any requests. It is expected that the two sides will continue the discussion before the NBA draft on July 29 and the free agent market in August. The source Said that the 76ers are committed to making Simmons the core player of the team.
It is worth noting that Woj said that he did not make a formal trade request and it is expected that the two sides will continue negotiations in the next few months.
Simmons has a lot of money left in his contract: 4 years and $147 million are left, which is a pretty good change for any team that is going into the future.
Simmons has angered 76ers fans and players in this playoff season. The former No. 1 overall pick was clearly lacking offensiveness in Philadelphia’s 7th game in the conference semifinal loss to the Hawks.Philadelphia teammate Joel Embiid Seems to be shooting Simmons After the series loss.
Since entering the league, the point guard has encountered shooting problems. According to reports, he is considering changing his main shooter From left to right this offseason. That is a little red flag.
He averaged a career-low 14.3 points per game in the 2020-21 season and shot 55% from the field.
Right hand, left hand, it doesn’t matter. Earlier, it looked like Simmons would wear a 76ers jersey in the 2021-22 season.