The Philadelphia 76ers are keen on keeping Ben Simmons this off-season. Simmons was heavily criticized after a very disappointing playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. Nonetheless, the 76ers are still looking to keep the point guard at the forefront of the franchise's plans moving forward.
Ben Simmons and his agent, Rich Paul, met with the 76ers front office to discuss his role on the team. Simmons did not make a trade request as both parties seem to be on the same page moving forward. Moreover, discussions will continue between the two groups during the NBA Draft and Free Agency to finalize the 24-year-old's future. It may not be in the 76ers best interest to trade Ben Simmons as NBA executives believe that Simmons' trade value has taken a fall.
Ben Simmons still has four years left on the $177.2 million contract he signed in 2019. The Sixers want to work through Simmons' shooting issues and keep him on the deal till 2025, when the point guard becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent. Doc Rivers reportedly met with Simmons to discuss his shooting issues.
We're not hiding that Ben has to become a better free-throw shooter and a more confident free throw shooter. If that happens, I really believe a lot of the other parts of his game will follow.Philadelphia 76ers Coach, Doc Rivers
Ben Simmons shot 34.2% from the free-throw line in this post-season, which is the lowest percentage in NBA playoff history. In addition, Simmons did not attempt a field goal in five of the seven fourth quarters during the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Atlanta Hawks. As a result, the Philidelphia 76ers have focused on improving Ben Simmons' all-around shooting this off-season.
It will be interesting to see what Daryl Morey does this off-season. The 76ers may stick with Ben Simmons, but it is a risky move. If Ben Simmons does not improve his shooting by next season, his trade value is only bound to decrease.