Simmons is in the second season of a five-year, $170 million contract.
But Shelburne reports that Simmons is “Working out with his personal team of trainers, trying to stay ready in case he is traded to a new team.” So is he not ready to play, or is he not ready to play for the Sixers? According to Shelburne, Simmons remains skeptical of a Philly front office that tried to trade him for James Harden, and upset about how he was made the scapegoat for Philadelphia’s second-round playoff loss to the Hawks last season.
According to sources close to Simmons, he’s upset that Embiid seemed to blame him for last season’s playoff loss, when Simmons did not blame Embiid for Embiid’s poor showing in the playoffs against the Toronto Raptors in 2019. Simmons would be the best player the Sixers would send in any theoretical trade.