Rumor: Sixers committed to building around Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons with new coach
The season officially ended for the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday in one of the worst ways possible: a sweep at the hands of the rival Boston Celtics in the first round. New reports have emerged regarding the Sixers’ offseason plans, and as it turns out, the front office may have no intentions to break up the Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons partnership in Philly.
This report comes via Shams Charania of The Athletic, who also confirms other reporting that the Sixers are fully expected to fire head coach Brett Brown in the immediate future:
It is believed that the franchise remains committed to building around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, with the likely onus on figuring out the proper dynamics — on and off the floor — in the hands of the next coach.
Simmons exited the bubble even before the playoffs started, with the 24-year-old suffering a season-ending knee injury. The Sixers proved no match to the mighty Celtics without their All-Star point guard, and despite a relatively great showing from Embiid himself throughout the series, Boston just proved to be too much for the shorthanded Sixers.
The Embiid-Simmons pairing in Philadelphia has not exactly lived up to the lofty expectations over the past few years, but as it seems, the front office is still willing to ride with this duo. Unfortunately for him, coach Brown does not appear to be included in this team’s plans for the future, with the tenured short-caller expected to get the boot sooner rather than later.