NBA trade: Joel Embiid reacts to Ben Simmons and James Harden trade
After weeks of speculation, the Nets and 76ers have reportedly agreed to a blockbuster trade that could shift the balance of the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn sends James Harden, acquired last season from Houston, to Philadelphia for a package headlined by Ben Simmons.
Simmons has yet to play for the 76ers this season, citing mental health issues. The former No. 1 pick has always been reluctant to shoot the ball, and things came to a head in last season’s playoff loss to the Hawks, in which he attempted just 14 shots over the course of the season. of the team’s last three games.
Simmons and Joel Embiid had formed one of the most talented duos in the Eastern Conference, but Embiid alternately defended and criticized Simmons during his absence this year.
Now that he’s heading to Brooklyn, Embiid isn’t holding back. Minutes after the commercial news broke, he posted a meme that pretty much outlines his feelings about Simmons’ impending departure.
The original photo went viral on Instagram in 2015, with the poster saying he attended “one of my biggest hater funerals today” to make sure he was dead.
The Embiid and Simmons duo failed to earn a Finals berth in their time together despite the pair combining to earn four All-NBA Teams and eight All-Star selections.
The superstar center seems more than happy to be done with the Simmons era. He is now ready to try and make an NBA title run with Harden.
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