The Sixers remain resolute in their stance that they won’t trade Simmons unless such a move benefits the team, which is built to win now around last season’s MVP runner-up Joel Embiid. “I’ve just been working out all summer. It’s been fine, no problems. I’m getting back to where I was and I feel pretty good.”
Philadelphia’s success this season – and beyond – completely hinges on Embiid’s health, so the fact that he worked out on his knee all summer and feels fine leading into the season is a solid sign for the Sixers.
Embiid has never averaged more than 33.7 minutes per game over the span of a season – he averaged 31.1 in 2020-21 – and he has also never appeared in more than 64 games in a season. Despite an inconsistent role, Tyrese Maxey flashed a ton of potential as a rookie last season, and as a result his role figures to be much more consistent this season, especially with Simmons out of the equation for the time being.