Daryl Morey is unsure if Ben Simmons will be a Sixer next season: “None of us can predict the future”

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It would appear as if Daryl Morey is unsure whether Ben Simmons will be a part of the Philadelphia 76ers next season. When asked whether Simmons will be on the team next season, Morey was plain-spoken.

“None of us can predict the future. In terms of what we’re going to do next, we’re going to do what’s best … to give us the best chance to win a championship.”

President of the Philadelphia 76ers Daryl Morey

Under scrutiny for his performance

After obtaining the Eastern Conference’s 1st place seed in the regular season, the 76ers suffered a disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the Playoffs.

Since their elimination, Ben Simmons has been under a lot of scrutiny for his performance. He has also been the victim to a ton of trade rumours.

Simmons didn’t attempt a single field goal in the fourth quarter of games 4, 5, or 6. He recorded just six total points in the fourth quarter of those games as well. All six of those points came from the free-throw line, not that he was much better from there. In the playoffs, his free throw percentage was an abysmal 34.2%. That is the worst free throw percentage in NBA Postseason History with a minimum of 70 attempts.

In what Joel Embiid called the “turning point” in the game, Ben Simmons passed up a wide open layup opportunity.

Down two points with under four minutes remaining in the game, Simmons spun off of Gallinari and had a wide-open layup attempt but opted to pass to Matisse Thybulle instead. Thybulle was fouled and ended up hitting only 1 shot at the line.

“I thought the turning point was when we – I don’t know how to say it. I thought the turning point was just when we had an open shot and we made one free throw.”

Joel Embiid

If 76ers coach Doc Rivers’s post-game press conference was any indication, he wasn’t too happy with his point guard’s performance either. When asked if Simmons can be the point guard on a championship team, he was blunt.

“I don’t know the answer to that right now.”

Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers

Simmons is willing to “put in the work”

According to head coach Doc Rivers, Ben Simmons is “willing to put in the work” this offseason. The Sixers reportedly have a plan to address his shooting woes this offseason as well.

One rumor swirling around is that Simmons will change his shooting hand from his left hand to his right hand. Keep in mind that Simmons is a natural righty. His dad raised him to shoot with his left hand, though.

Don’t be surprised if Simmons trade rumours persist for most of the offseason.

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