Simmons Trade Rumors: Embiid, Warriors, Cavaliers, Fox, Lillard, Wolves

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Joel Embiid strongly denied a report that tensions have been rising with fellow Sixers star Ben Simmons, saying that he is enjoying their time as teammates.

“Stop using my name to push people’s agendas,” Embiid tweeted. “I love and hate drama. I love playing with Ben. Stats don’t lie. He’s an amazing player and we all didn’t get the job done. It’s on me personally. I hope everyone is back cuz we know we’re good enough to win.”

The relationship between Embiid and Simmons has been rumored to be on the rocks for years, though neither player has ever publicly said anything that would suggest the two can’t work. Still, it appears that Simmons will be elsewhere eventually.

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  • The Warriors have been linked to Simmons during the offseason but Anthony Slater of The Athletic hears that talks between the two sides have “never even really been alive.” Golden State is reportedly one of Simmons’ preferred destinations.

  • Simmons is open to playing for the Cavaliers, as Evan Dammerell of Fear The Sword reports. It’s going to be difficult for Cleveland to put together the right kind of package to entice Philadelphia. It would likely take a third team to get involved in order to bring Simmons to town.

  • The Kings are unlikely to surrender either guard De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton in potential trade packages, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. It was previously reported that Fox was content in Sacramento, something that could make the franchise think twice about trading him.

  • While the Timberwolves have been persistent in their pursuit of Simmons, it doesn’t look like the team has the necessary assets to make a deal.

  • Here’s your Damian Lillard update: the Blazers continue to insist that they are building around Damian Lillard going forward. Portland trading the point guard any time soon seems unlikely.

  • There were rumblings that Tyrese Maxey is likely to be part of any Simmons trade with agent Rich Paul wanting both of his clients out of Philadelphia. Former NBA center and current NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins says that is false news. “Rich Paul never said he wanted him out of Philly… but if he’s involved in a trade because of his value now that’s another story,” Perkins tweets.

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