Rumor: Rival teams starting to prepare for possibility of Sixers trading Joel Embiid
Questions continue to surround whether Embiid and Ben Simmons can fit alongside each other. The Sixers, who were picked by many to contend for the Eastern Conference championship this season, are 33-21 after defeating the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. They are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
“But anyways, one of the conversations people are starting to have in the league is will they move Embiid? What’s the price? Where would he go?’ I’m not going to get into that, but my point is people are talking about that,” Windhorst said on his latest podcast (h/t Real GM).
“I don’t think they would do that without making an adjustment to the head coach. It’s such a radical thing, but the fact that we’re in mid-February and the people who work in the league, who have to prepare in advance, are mulling over Joel Embiid potentially coming to market, whether that’s true or not… I mean, Josh Harris can come on this podcast and deny it if he wants, but the fact people are talking about it, is not good. It’s a symptom of where they are.”
Embiid has appeared in 38 games for the Sixers this season. He’s averaging 22.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free-throw line.
If the Sixers don’t go on a deep playoff run this season, Embiid and Simmons are both going to find themselves in trade rumors moving forward. Since both All-Stars do all their damage in the paint, the Sixers don’t have a lot of floor balance when they are on the court together.
Embiid is making $27,504,630 this season. He’s owed $29,542,010 in 2020-21.