Joel Embiid Gets Brutally Honest on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson Trade Rumors

Published 09/27/2021, 2:17 PM EDT
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) is congratulated by teammate Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) after Curry sinks a three-pointer in the final minute of the game in the fourth quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Golden State defeats Brooklyn 93-86. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


Three-time NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers will start their pre-season campaign from October 3. They will face Toronto Raptors Toronto in their first game of the pre-season. The Sixers’ regular-season starts from October 20, when they travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans. Today, the Sixers held their media day at their training complex.

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As the media day started, everyone was looking for an update on the Ben Simmons situation. There were a lot of questions that were asked related to the trade saga. However, everyone’s reply was similar, as they don’t want Ben Simmons to leave the Philadelphia 76ers.

May 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Joel Embiid said that he wants Simmons to stay as the player has been a part of what the franchise has been building for years. During the press conference, Embiid also said that everyone needs to handle trade rumors professionally.

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Joel Embiid talks about Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson trade rumors

Joel talked covered several topics during the Sixers’ media day press conference. He talked about the Ben Simmons trade saga and the fans. He also said that the Sixers would probably agree to trade him if Stephen Curry was involved in the deal.

“If Golden State came and offered Steph and Klay for me, wouldn’t the Sixers say yes to that? I would probably say yes to that [if I was them],” Joel Embiid said during the press conference.

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That would be a lucrative trade deal, but everyone knows it’s close to impossible. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are important to the Warriors‘ project. The ‘Splash Brothers’ could be the deciding factor for this season for the Warriors if they manage to win the championship. The duo is basically untouchable in the NBA.

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But we get where Embiid is coming from. The Ben Simmons trade is one of the most talked points in the NBA circles. Embiid wants Ben to stay, but he also wants everyone to handle the rumors professionally.

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Four-time NBA All-Star Embiid battled through an injury during the 2020-21 post-season. He tore his meniscus last season, but he has recovered well and looks good for the new season. The Sixers have signed six players during the off-season and it’ll be interesting to see how they perform in the coming season.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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