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Joel Embiid breaks silence on Ben Simmons situation with heartfelt message of positivity

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid
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Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid took to Twitter on Wednesday to address his rumored rift with teammate Ben Simmons.

In one of his tweets, Embiid said that he hopes “everyone is back” next season. That seems exceedingly unlikely at this point, as Simmons is reportedly not planning to report to training camp. The 25-year-old wants out, according to reports.

In theory, the Sixers could refuse to meet Simmons’ trade demands, but that would make for a very awkward situation within the organization.

Simmons remains a solid NBA player despite some of his imperfections. In the 2020-21 season, he averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game in addition to playing some stellar defense.

Embiid, meanwhile, had a monster campaign last season. He averaged 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He was in the MVP conversation despite being sidelined for a good chunk of the year.

The Sixers are going to have to figure out a way to get past the Simmons era. A trade seems inevitable.

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