While Joel Embiid insisted to reporters on Monday that he would like to continue playing with Ben Simmons, the feeling is not mutual.
“It has run its course,” a source told The Athletic of their pairing.
Simmons perceives the way the Philadelphia 76ers have built around Embiid as not being conducive to the way he wants to play.
“Rightfully so,” one source said of building around Embiid. “But it’s time for a change.”
When the 76ers flew to Los Angeles to meet with Simmons in August, they came equipped with reasons for why he should want to stay, which even included a statistically based presentation featuring the success of the Embiid-Simmons pairing. His view and his uneasy feeling about the fit remain unchanged.