By now, it’s well known that MVP finalist Joel Embiid is the franchise cornerstone for the Philadelphia 76ers. Fellow All-Star Ben Simmons? Not so much.
Philadelphia is coming off a disastrous Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It’s a series that saw Simmons attempt all of three shots in the fourth quarter. It’s actually a thing that happened.
This has also led to widespread rumors that the 76ers will look to trade the underperforming Simmons during the summer. If so, a recent report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst notes that Embiid could play a role in Philadelphia’s decision-making process.
“There’s going to be a huge demand for (Ben Simmons), but not at the value of an All-Star under a four-year guaranteed no-out contract,” Windhorst reported (h/t Bleacher Report). “So that’s really the challenge and the wild card here; Joel Embiid is due a contract extension this offseason, and if the 76ers ask his opinion on this, how he decides to answer that question could determine the next step with Ben Simmons.”