Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey remains optimistic that the Sixers will reconcile with Ben Simmons. All Star guard Simmons requested a trade from the Sixers shortly after the season ended.
However, the Sixers weren't interested in a trade and still aren't interested in trading Simmons. Morey used the Aaron Rodgers situation as an example that a team and a player could reconcile and move forward on good terms.
Rodgers, who wanted to leave the Green Bay Packers this summer, stayed in Green Bay and led his team to a win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. "I think there's a lot of hope," Morey said..
"I would say I watched last night a player lead his team to victory when a thousand pounds of digital ink were spilled on how much he would never play for that team again. "Look, every situation is different, but we have a lot of optimism that we can make it work here."
Morey underlines the Sixers don't want to lose Simmons
"Ben is a very good player, a big part of this team," Morey said. "We are disappointed he's not here. We're making our choices, but we're excited about the players who are here.
We're going to focus on them, and we're taking our journey to be a championship team. We don't know exactly what that will be. "In terms of what trades or non-trades, I only have one focus, and that's to do what gives us the best chance to win a championship."
Sixers center Joel Embiid called out Simmons after their playoff exit but he didn't think it was anything too big. "What did I actually say?" Embiid asked, when he was asked whether he had any regrets about what he said.
"I don't think I said anything. I was asked a question what was the turning point of the game, and I really believe that was the turning point of the game. If there's anybody that should be mad, it's me calling freaking Matisse out for missing a freaking free throw.
But we all talk about it, we all joke about it, we know we've got to be better. "So no, I don't have any regrets. I didn't call out anybody. I just stated the facts. I'm honest. I can't lie. That's just me.
So I don't have any regrets because I don't feel like I put anybody in a situation where they had to feel bad."