After the Philadelphia 76ers tumbled out of the playoffs in the second round at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, critics pointed to point guard Ben Simmons as the biggest reason why the team faltered in the seven-game series.
“Paul engaged the Sixers on whether it makes sense to work together to find a trade before the start of next season, but no request was made and the sides are expected to continue talking ahead of the July 29 NBA draft and August free agency, sources said. The 76ers are committed to keeping Simmons as a central piece of their franchise, sources said.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Simmons was talked about in a potential trade to move him out of Philadelphia. There have been questions in the past surrounding the fit of Simmons with MVP-finalist Joel Embiid, and the loss to the Hawks only resurfaced those conversations. Philly “Remains reluctant to break up the tandem of Embiid and Simmons without maximizing a return and exhausting all possibilities to improve Simmons’ offense.” However, if a team offers the right deal to the Sixers, it would be difficult seeing them say no as the window for opportunity to win a championship with this team is right now.