After Philadelphia’s preseason victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid reacted positively to Simmons’ return and spoke optimistically about where the two sides go from here. “I think there’s going to be some adjustments, but it doesn’t need to be awkward. I mean, we are professionals. We want to win. I want to win. He gives us the best chance to win, so that’s what I’m going to go with.”
Embiid has maintained that the Sixers are a better team with Simmons out on the floor, but he did refer to Simmons’ holdout as “Disrespectful” to his teammates during training camp. “Some guys rely on the team being successful to stay in the league and make money somehow. Because if you’re on a winning team, you’re always going to have a spot in the league, just because you’re on a winning team and you contributed.”
Simmons being back in Philadelphia certainly doesn’t mean that the situation is resolved. The Sixers are only interested in trading Simmons if such a move will benefit the team in the present, as they’re constructed to win now around Embiid.