The comments followed a report by The Athletic about Simmons, who feels his association with Embiid is “over”. Simmons has yet to report to training camp and intends to hold out until he gets traded.
“The situation is disappointing and almost disrespectful to all the men who are here fighting for their lives,” Embiid told reporters at a training camp on Thursday.
Embiid also dismissed Simmons’ belief that the Sixers chose to build around him in a way that did not fit Simmons’ style of play, arguing that the team had always tried to adapt to him.
“I feel like our teams are built, whether it’s the need to shoot or extend five and all of that, I feel it [Simmons] He was always here. “And we still have it,” Embiid said. “Our teams have always been built around your needs.”
Embiid referred to the Sixers’ offseason in 2019, when they signed Alhorford With a great deal and let Jimmy Butler He went to the Miami Heat, as another example of how Philadelphia moved with Simmons in mind.
“It was a bit surprising to see,” Embiid said of the report. “We’ll say that, until we get back to why we hired Al. We got rid of Jimmy, which I still think was a mistake, just to be sure. [Simmons] He needs the ball in his hands. This is the decision they made. Like I said, it’s amazing.”
While Embiid reiterated his belief that the Sixers are better with Simmons, he said it was time to focus on the team in question.
“We’re a better team with him, there’s no doubt about that. We still hope he’ll change his mind, but we have to worry about what we have here.”
Simmons has four years and $147 million remaining on the maximum limit on his contract, including $33 million for the 2021-22 year. If the Sixers decide to disqualify him, Simmons could lose $227,000 per show and miss regular season game, during game 20 of the season. For games 21-82, that figure rises to $300,000.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks contributed to this report.