Embiid previously said he had no interest in seeing Simmons traded and said the two have grown closer in the last few years.
Simmons followed up with a similar response, though he also joked he was “moving in” with Embiid so as to better gel with him of the floor.
The former No. 1 overall pick said he feels the relationship between the two has continued to grow with time, adding he thinks that will translate on the floor.
Contrary to the Sixers star's statements, however, the growth in chemistry has not necessarily translated, in part because his and Embiid's games do not seem to suit one another.
Embiid is at his best when he can control the paint and work on the block. Simmons is at his best when the Sixers can spread the floor out and allow him to attack individual matchups, whether getting to the rim and scoring himself or making plays for others.
However, new Sixers president Daryl Morey made a concerted effort to surround the stars with more complementary personnel this offseason.
Morey got rid of Al Horford's big contract and acquired Danny Green from the Oklahoma City Thunder. He also swapped out Josh Richardson for Seth Curry in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks, giving the Sixers one of the game's best shooters.
Of course, the Sixers would love to see Simmons grow more comfortable with his own jumper and Embiid be more efficient from the perimeter. But this roster might be more well-suited to what Simmons and Embiid do best.