We’re here, less than a month after the NBA exchange deadline, and Ben Simmons has yet to speak for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Meanwhile, the cornerstone of the franchise Joel Embiid plays as an MVP candidate with an average of 27.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 thefts per game to keep the 76ers competitive and in the playoffs.
At 27, Embiid is at the peak of his career. He plays his best basketball and most importantly, is healthy, in addition to a tough match with COVID-19 at the beginning of the season.
Embiid is currently in the middle of one of the most dominant sections in the history of the 76ers and joins Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson as the only players to have scored more than 30 points in eight consecutive games.
The 76ers are 7-1 in this range, showing how impressive Embiid was. But in an era with several All-Stars in each championship team, the 76ers seem to have a ceiling for their teammate-free championship aspirations.
Simmons was and is supposed to be the guy, but he didn’t show up for work. Tobias Harris signed big money to become a third star and signed a five-year $ 180 million deal with the 76ers during the 2019 offseason, but that didn’t work out.
Now both Embiid officials find their names in trade rumors, but there has not been much movement on this front.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on Wednesday that Simmons’ agent Rich Paul had met with 76ers president Elton Brand and general manager Daryl Morey, but “the parties remain deadlocked about the immediate future of the All-Star Guard.”
“Simmons is no closer to fulfilling the team’s hopes of returning to the court this season – and the Sixers’ high asking price has not brought Simmons closer to potential business,” added Wojnarowski.
As for Harris, it will be difficult to find a business suitor to take over the remaining $ 80 million from his contract. Kyle Kuzma put it best when he tweeted“How the hell are you packing 80 Ms” in response to rumors of Harris’ business.
Given how much he still owes him, it’s likely that Harris will stay in Philadelphia.
So s All From what has been said, do the 76ers really just waste one year of Embiid’s best results because they are too stubborn to take back a reasonable business package for Simmons? At this point, the answer seems to be yes.
According to the latest business reporter, Jake Fischer of the Bleacher Report, Philadelphia’s major shareholders are obliged to wait for someone of the same level as (Damian) Lillard, James Harden, Bradley Beal or Jaylen Brown to be available, either before that date or later in the summer.
I get it. That makes sense. But also, who says any of these players will be available this summer?
In the event that conversations pick up, let’s take a look at how some stores might develop in the Simmons store.
Who is the ideal Embiid star in the Simmons store?
When it comes to finding the right cut next to Embiid, all players like Lillard, Harden, Beal and Brown would work fine. Like most, I believe that Embiid is best suited as a teammate or wing.
Brown might be the most ideal besides Embiid, but would the Celtics trade the cornerstone of the franchise for one of their biggest rivals? And would Simmons even be an upgrade for Boston in this scenario? I say no.
The same goes for Wizards and Beal, or Trail Blazers and Lillard – is Simmons such an upgrade that he would pay the required price of 76ers? Probably not.
In the case of Harden and the Nets, Simmons’ fit makes more sense than any of the other places mentioned above, because they already have enough points with Kevin Durant and Kyri Irving, but I don’t see it because of Harden’s relationship with the other two superstars. .
So before the 76ers let Embiid thwart another season worthy of MVP, why not lower your asking price and find players who can improve you Now?
One interesting name that has appeared in several speeches at the commercial mill is the royal guard Tyres Haliburton. The Kings seem willing to break up with anyone to change the direction of the franchise, and Haliburton would be a great asset to the present and future 76ers. You’d have to add another player, because Haliburton still has a rookie contract, and sharpshooter Buddy Hield makes enough money to make it happen.
The problem is that the 76ers would probably ask for one (or more) Kings tips in the first round, and this may be where Sacramento hangs up. Especially when you consider the special agreement between De’Aaron Fox and Simmons.
But the thought of Haliburton and Hield paired with Embidi and the current 76ers roster brings them closer to the title fight, no doubt about it.
This is just one example of a potential deal that could improve the Sixers’ chances of a title alongside the Monster Embassy season, and it’s the closest I could get to a second franchise that would potentially say yes.
The bottom line is: Embiid is best suited for defenders or wings who score from the perimeter or from the center, and it’s an extra bonus if they can make up for others.
The 76ers should do everything in their power to replace Simmons’ emptiness with a player with this makeup as soon as the best Embiid passes and the years of the “Process” disappear without a single championship banner showing it.