RUMOR: Sixers’ bold plan for Ben Simmons in 2021-22 amid trade demand
The Philadelphia 76ers ended a disappointing postseason run with an unexpected loss to the Atlanta Hawks in seven games. After the series ended, the media and the fans of the Sixers completely turned on forward Ben Simmons. During the summer, all reports indicated that Simmons did not appreciate it, proceeding to ask for a trade and making it clear he won’t show up for training camp.
The Sixers responded by shopping Simmons around the league. Almost every day, reports came about specifying which packages Philadelphia wanted for the superstar and the teams around the league were not ready to give up that much for the Australian.
Now, after a summer of rumors, a new report came out from USA Today’s Tom Moore about the Sixers’ plans for the future with the forward:
#NBA source: The #Sixers 'are expecting (Ben Simmons) to play (in 2020-21). The expectation is they will. It's bumpy right now (& the team expects it) to get better.' The #76ers don't plan on making a deal that would drop them back in standings & not getting viable offers. pic.twitter.com/QUMmzkKbKF
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) September 15, 2021
It seems like the Sixers will not be moving from their position. They were adamant about getting a lot of assets, with the most notorious one being the report about San Antonio Spurs, where Philly asked for four first-round picks from the franchise. Gregg Popovich clearly did not believe that the Australian is worth the trade and other interested teams seemed to agree with him, as no trade was found.
It will be interesting to see if a trade will be found until the end of the off-season and if not, whether Simmons will appear for the franchise next season.