Daryl Morey hopes Ben Simmons returns to Philadelphia 76ers, cites Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay Packers reconciliation

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  • Tim BontempsESPN

CAMDEN, N.J. — Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey states he has “hope” of a reconciliation amongst star Ben Simmons and the Sixers, pointing to the Aaron Rodgers predicament in Green Bay as proof that items can change all around concerning a staff and its disgruntled star.

“I assume there is a lot of hope,” Morey mentioned Monday early morning all through his year-opening news meeting along with coach Doc Rivers. “I would say I viewed previous night a participant lead his crew to victory when a thousand kilos of digital ink were being spilled on how considerably he would never play for that workforce once more.

“Appear, just about every problem is different, but we have a great deal of optimism that we can make it operate in this article.”

Rodgers, like Simmons, wanted off his current staff though beneath agreement. But contrary to Simmons, Rodgers noted to training camp, and now is participating in regular-time video games for the Packers.

Simmons did not report to coaching camp Monday, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported would materialize final week. When asked no matter whether Simmons could possibly be fined for not displaying up, Morey mentioned he wouldn’t get into details but included that it is a realistic expectation of the route Philadelphia will get.

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“I’d say we are not likely to talk about the specifics of fines or items like that, but I will say it can be rather clearly spelled out in the CBA and in his contract what transpires,” Morey mentioned.

Morey reported that the very last time he spoke to Simmons personally was in a meeting in Los Angeles several weeks ago but has given that been in touch with his representation, led by agent Wealthy Paul. He mentioned Simmons asked for a trade suitable just after the time, but Philadelphia wasn’t fascinated in doing a trade then, and reiterated the only moves the workforce will make — such as a prospective Simmons trade — will be built only if they aid Philadelphia’s pursuit of a championship.

“Ben is a extremely superior participant, a major part of this workforce,” Morey explained. “We are let down he’s not right here. We’re producing our alternatives, but we’re enthusiastic about the gamers who are right here. We are likely to target on them, and we’re getting our journey to be a championship crew. We never know specifically what that will be.

“In conditions of what trades or non-trades, I only have one particular concentrate, and that’s to do what offers us the finest possibility to win a championship.”

Simmons asked for a trade in the speedy aftermath of Philadelphia’s Match 7 loss at house to the Atlanta Hawks — in which Simmons infamously passed out of a large-open dunk with considerably less than four minutes to go that would’ve tied the video game. The Sixers wound up by no means tying the recreation yet again.

Immediately after the game, both equally Rivers and Joel Embiid gave solutions that obtained consideration in the media — Rivers for indicating “I don’t know,” when questioned no matter whether Simmons could be a championship point guard, and Embiid for expressing the whiffed dunk was the turning place of the match.

Rivers recurring the claim he gave in interviews past 7 days, that his remarks immediately after the recreation were taken out of context.

“I even now think the planet of him,” Rivers claimed. “I still imagine the globe of him as a participant.

“Just since he won’t do points you want him to do will not indicate he’s a undesirable player. He built the All-Star workforce … he just about won the Defensive Player of the Calendar year award.”

Embiid, on the other hand, mentioned he has no regrets about what he reported mainly because, in his brain, he only laid out what took place. He went on to say that the person who had the ideal scenario to be angry at him was Matisse Thybulle, who wound up missing a totally free throw in the wake of Simmons passing to him rather of dunking the ball.

“What did I basically say?” Embiid questioned, when he was requested regardless of whether he experienced any regrets about what he mentioned. “I you should not feel I mentioned something. I was asked a problem what was the turning point of the activity, and I truly consider that was the turning level of the video game. If you can find any one that ought to be mad, it is really me contacting freaking Matisse out for lacking a freaking no cost toss. But we all converse about it, we all joke about it, we know we have received to be much better.

“So no, I will not have any regrets. I did not call out any one. I just said the facts. I’m straightforward. I can’t lie. That’s just me. So I do not have any regrets since I you should not feel like I put any one in a problem where they experienced to sense negative.”

Embiid did, on the other hand, say he has regrets about how the circumstance amongst Simmons and the group has deteriorated to this place. When requested what he would’ve stated to Simmons if he’d been supplied the probability to converse to him — right after he confirmed he and his teammates attempted to do, only for Simmons to rebuff them — Embiid paused for 10 seconds when choosing what to say.

“Truthfully, I would in all probability say I am dissatisfied,” Embiid ultimately stated. “Because I — seem, of course we haven’t gained nearly anything, but just likely by what has been stated via the media and you fellas tweeting on your resources and things, I would glimpse at it in the way that, glance at what we’ve been able to do. … In the normal season we’ve been so good, and so dominant, that we know it really is performing. … I am disappointed that we’re in this circumstance. … I’m just unhappy he is not listed here, due to the fact he is familiar with it, way too. He is aware of we can win alongside one another.”

Rivers all but confirmed Tyrese Maxey will fill in for Simmons as the team’s starting issue guard, joking, “I don’t feel that’s genuinely that tough, on that a single.”

Danny Environmentally friendly later claimed that Maxey “carries himself like a star. I believe just one day he will be a star.”

Simmons, nonetheless, is nowhere to be seen, and the Sixers plan to adjust to that new reality as they just take the court docket Tuesday for their first practice of instruction camp.

“He is a substantial component of our crew,” Tobias Harris reported. “He is our stage guard. I was telling this to someone the other working day. If you glimpse all-around the NBA at any group, a championship group or a bottom-of-the-pack team, your starting up stage guard goes out the lineup and the staff is variety of in a strange place. The PG placement is one particular of the most vital positions in the NBA.

“So him not going to be below, it is disappointing. But like I said to guys on the crew, to all of us, he is nonetheless portion of our crew, Ben is nevertheless portion of our workforce, he is still bought 15 guys in that locker area, likely 7 or eight who performed with him final yr, that is nevertheless his brother, and he’s still our brother as perfectly. So we hope the scenario could get resolved. If it won’t, we move on and we get this factor going. For the reason that at the close of the day, the other 29 teams that have to participate in against us do not treatment. They arrive in and kick our butt, and we need to have to be ready. That is the actuality of it.”