Sixers & Ben Simmons' Agent Rich Paul Have Discussed Possibility Of a Trade

Published June 24, 2021 at 12:13
Ben Simmons' agent Rich Paul met with Philadelphia's President of Basketball Operation Daryl Morey and General Manager Elton Brand in Chicago to discuss the point guard's future, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Paul engaged the Sixers in a potential trade, but no requests were made. The two sides plan to continue discussing, but the 76ers are committed to keeping Simmons despite his shooting woes. The team is committed to helping the 24-year-old with his shooting struggles.

Coach Doc Rivers and Simmons also met to discuss plans on moving forward.

Simmons has four years, $147 million remaining on his contract, which would make it tough for the Sixers to trade him if they plan to go that route. Simmons' free-throw shooting dropped to 34 percent during the playoffs, as the Atlanta Hawks resorted to intentional fouling to throw the Sixers' offense off balance.

However, Daryl Morey has strong belief that the current roster can still thrive.

"We have a very strong group we believe in," Morey said. "None of us can predict the future of what's going to happen in any, in any place. We love what Ben brings, we love what Joel brings, we love what Tobias [Harris] brings. In terms of what's next, we're going to do what's best for the 76ers to give us the best chance to win the championship with every single player on the roster."

The Sixers captured the first seed in the Eastern Conference. They beat the Washington Wizards in five games in the first round but lost to Atlanta in seven games in the Semifinals.
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