Philadelphia 76ers’ Manager Updates on Rumors of Trading Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

Published 08/25/2020, 12:57 PM EDT


After being at the bottom of the barrel for the majority of 2010s, things started to alter in the 2017-18 season for the Philadelphia 76ers. The team had a winning record after a long time led by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

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With a record of 52-30, Philly clinched the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. Further, they made it to the second round of playoffs but Boston stopped them in their tracks. It was clear that Philly was heading towards better things in the future.

However, the Simmons-Embiid duo has struggled in the playoffs for the last 3 years. And, Philly was the first team to be eliminated from the 2020 NBA playoffs in an embarrassing clean sweep by Boston.

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Following yet another poor postseason performance, the Sixers management has finally decided to part ways with Brett Brown after seven seasons.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid not going anywhere?

After another early playoff exit, rumors of Simmons and Embiid splitting up started to surface. But Sixers GM Elton Brand was quick to clear the air.

“I’m not looking to trade Ben or Joel. I’m looking to complement them better.” said the Sixers GM.

As of now, it appears Philadelphia is the home of the young dynamic duo. But the question is for how long? If Philly is unable to make a deep playoff run next season, Embiid’s time might be up with the Sixers. He did everything in his power to carry the team with stunning performances in the playoffs.

Philadelphia 76ers heading for major changes to the front office?

Former Sixers head coach Brett Brown played a significant role in the 76ers rebuild. But at the end of the day, he wasn’t able to achieve the heights that everyone predicted for the team.

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Following Brown’s firing, Elton Brand hinted towards a potential change in the team’s front office.

Difficult day for this organization…We had high expectations & goals. Simply put, we failed…we are taking a hard look at shortcomings.” revealed Brandon

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As Brand said, 76ers had very high expectations from the fans to be successful in the playoffs. Moving forward, the Sixers need a coach who bonds well with this young team. Brown had a great impact in terms of developing young talent for the team. If it weren’t for him, Joel Embiid and Simmons might not have been the superstar they are today.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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