Ben Simmons has likely played his final game with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Athletic reported that the Philadelphia 76ers had conversations with multiple teams about the three-time All-Star, and they are asking for an All-Star caliber player in return to team-up with Joel Embiid.
According to NBA’s Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings are interested in Simmons.
“If he can’t get a true headliner back for Simmons in connection with the draft, or when free agency hits in August, some rivals believe Morey is as willing as any executive in his position to let Simmons and Embiid start a fifth season together if necessary – even if that means some tension or awkwardness seeps into the locker room when training camp starts in late September.”
Philadelphia, the No. 1 seed in the East, had a disappointing finish to the season when they went down in seven games to the Atlanta Hawks. Simmons was basically a non-factor throughout the series. To make matters worse, he was only 2 of 4 from the field and finished with five points, 13 assists, and eight rebounds in Game 7.
During the regular season, Simmons averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game for the Sixers.
Doc Rivers recently said that he wants Simmons back for the 2021-22 season.
“Ben’s great,” Rivers told TMZ. “I want him back. He’s terrific. He’ll be great. I think he doesn’t need a lot of fixing. He’s gonna be great for us. He’ll be great.”