Embiid told reporters the 76ers built their team around Simmons and made roster decisions based on his style of play.
“I have the impression that our teams have always been built around his needs. So it was quite surprising to see. I mean the reason we signed Al [Horford] is [Simmons]. We got rid of Jimmy [Butler because] he needed the ball in his hands, ”Embiid said.
“We’ve always had shooters, and I feel like I can really play with anyone, and I can make anyone better on the pitch… We’re a better team with him. . there is no doubt. We still hope he changes his mind. “
Earlier in the week, AthleticismSam Amick reported that Simmons believes his time playing alongside Embiid has “run its course.”
Embiid wasn’t a fan of the idea that the two couldn’t play together.
“The situation is disappointing, bordering on disrespecting all the guys who are fighting for their lives. Some guys rely on the success of the team to stay in the league and make money, ”Embiid said.
Athleticism adds that Simmons’ main grievances with the 76ers appear to be postgame quotes from Embiid and head coach Doc Rivers after their Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference as well as a trade last winter that almost sent him to the Houston Rockets in exchange for James Harden.
Embiid mentioned that Simmons let an open layup pass in Philadelphia’s Game 7 loss as the “turning point” for eventual loss and he did not change his position when asked questions. this topic at training camp earlier this week.
“What did I actually say?” I don’t think I said anything, ”Embiid said. “I was asked a question, you know, what was the turning point in the game? I really thought it was the turning point of the game.
The Sixers themselves seem confident that they can eventually mend the fence with Simmons, or at least they have said so publicly.
“Look, every situation is different, but we’re very optimistic about our ability to make it work here,” said General Manager Daryl Morey.
“Ben is a great player and we are waiting for his return. We expect it to be a 76er.