Ben Simmons and the 76ers may not be going their separate ways after all.
With Simmons at the forefront of 76ers playoff chess for his reluctance to shoot late in games and poor free throws, some felt the 24-year-old goalie was a commercial chip this offseason.
Not So Fast: According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, don’t expect a deal to happen. Woj reports that Simmons’ agent Rich Paul approached Philadelphia with a trade, but the 76ers are going to resolve their issues, with Philadelpia “pledging to move Simmons forward”:
Paul asked the Sixers if it made sense to work together to find a trade before the start of next season, but no request has been made and the parties are expected to continue discussing ahead of the July 29 NBA Draft and the free agency in August, sources said. . The 76ers are committed to keeping Simmons at the heart of their franchise, sources said.
Importantly, Woj says no formal trade requests have been made and the two sides are expected to continue discussing in the coming months.
Simmons still has a large amount on his contract: At four years and $ 147 million left, that’s a pretty decent chunk of change for any team to embrace going forward.
Simmons has drawn the ire of 76ers fans and players alike this playoff season, with the former No. 1 overall pick’s apparent lack of aggressiveness taking center stage in Philadelphia’s loss in Game 7. against the Hawks in the conference semifinals. His Philly teammate Joel Embiid appeared to shoot Simmons after the series loss.
The playmaker, who has had trouble shooting the ball since entering the league, has reportedly considered switching his dominant shooting hand from left to right this offseason. It’s a little red flag.
He averaged a career low of 14.3 points per game in 2020-21, shooting 55 percent from the ground.
Right-handed, left-handed, whatever. At first, it looks like Simmons will be wearing a Sixers uniform for the 2021-22 season.