Philadelphia 76ers star guard Ben Simmons insists he is not worried about the James Harden trade rumors as he acknowledged that his focus remains on trying to find a way to help Philadelphia win an NBA Championship. This offseason, 2018 NBA MVP Harden made it clear to the Houston Rockets he wanted to get traded to different team because he thought his window for winning a title in Houston was closed.
Harden initially mentioned the Brooklyn as his proffered destination but later listed the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat as the team for which he would be willing to play. It had been mentioned that the Rockets would be willing to trade Harden to Philadelphia in an exchange that included Simmons.
"No," Simmons said after Tuesday's practice, per ESPN. "I come in every day, take it a day at a time, ready to work. I'm with my teammates. ... Every day I wake up, every time I got a Sixers uniform on, I'm representing the Sixers.
So my mentality never changes. "I'm here to win a championship. That goal is never gonna change. I know things are always going to be said in the media, and rumors and things like that, but my goal is to come in every day and get better and help the team that I'm on win a championship."
The 76ers love Simmons
New 76ers general manager Daryl Morey and head coach Doc Rivers absolutely love the duo of Simmons and Joel Embiid. Coach Rivers believes that Simmons and Embiid could do special things together.
"First of all, I wouldn't say anything to anyone," Rivers said. "I think we have to believe it. And you have to feel special to be special. "So I don't think I need to make a forecast, or anything like that.
I do believe that, though. And, I guess, to answer your question a little bit, we have Ben Simmons on our basketball team. And we have Joel Embiid on our basketball team. And right now, teams that have two NBA All-Stars, and All-Defensive players, tend to fare well.
"So I think we are special in that regard." The 76ers lost Josh Richardson and Al Horford this offseason but added Dwight Howard and Danny Green to their roster. "We lost a few guys who were great defenders but, defensively, I think we're gonna be the same, if not better.
"But I think, overall, we got guys who will buy in. We got Danny Green, a great defender, Dwight [Howard], a lot of guys who have had that experience, played a high level, played championship basketball, who know what it takes to win."