Joel Embiid has publicly denied a report that there has been an escalating rift between he and Ben Simmons.

Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today reported on Tuesday that "the issue was deeper than one play, one game, one series." Zillgitt's report suggests that the Philadelphia 76ers have essentially been forced to choose between Embiid and Simmons.

Embiid recently signed a four-year, $196 million extension with the 76ers while Simmons is publicly on the trade block.