Analyst Questions Ben Simmons’ Motives as He Shockingly Returns to Philadelphia

Published 10/12/2021, 3:46 PM EDT
May 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after dunking the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


As the NBA offseason continued, the Ben Simmons and Philadelphia 76ers situation worsened. While Simmons seemed to be done with the organization, he returned to Philadelphia a few days before the season begins. That being said, many questions have been raised against his intentions.

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After the Philadelphia 76ers crashed out of the playoffs, trade rumors about the 25-year-old guard increased. Eventually, Simmons himself wanted an out from the team. Even though the team continues to want Simmons back, many, including Joel Embiid, seem to have formed opinions on the matter.

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Why is Ben Simmons back in Philadelphia?

“A lot of people are looking at it as very positive,” said Chris Broussard of First Things First. He mentioned head coach Doc Rivers, who seemed to be relieved at the press conference without even seeing Simmons personally. The 76ers have been trying to win a title for years, and Simmons and Embiid are at the core of that goal.

Now, while Rivers and most others seem happy, Broussard was unsure of Simmons‘ motives to return. After having ignored the team, everyone was somewhat waiting for some trade news soon. Having said that, trading Ben Simmons might not be an easy task for the 76ers.

“Is he coming in to get his money? Is he coming in to act up in the hopes of forcing a trade?” Broussard asked, wondering if he was there for his paycheck or to play and suit up for the upcoming season. If Simmons does decide to put all differences aside, it would only be beneficial for the team. Still, he could very well pressure the team for a trade.

Broussard ended up comparing the situation to James Harden and Anthony Davis, who were both traded out of Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans, respectively. Today, both are playing for a team chasing the title.

May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after the basket during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Will Simmons play with the 76ers?

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The analyst also admitted that he does understand the excitement in Philadelphia right now. However, it won’t mean all problems will disappear. Fans debated on their own in the comments, many agreeing that Simmons was there to get paid, and increase his trade value. Some defended the young guard, stating that he seems to be back to play.

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At the end of the day, the 76ers need to win a title. Therefore, unless Simmons does perform and starts shooting jump shots, a trade can be expected.

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With the preseason games going on, the 76ers will be playing the Detroit Pistons for one last game before the regular season begins.

What did you make of this whole situation? Let us know.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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