The day after Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers told reporters the club had a plan to help Ben Simmons improve his shooting, which was downright horrific during the postseason, team president Daryl Morey defended Philadelphia’s core.
“I honestly don’t understand a lot of what I read,” said Morey on Tuesday via ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “People [are] say the Sixers are in a bad position.
“I don’t choose to come here [coach Doc Rivers] don’t choose to come here if this is a bad situation. I mean, really 25 or 26 teams in this league would like to be in our situation with a top player of MVP caliber and all-star, close to all-star, great young players with long-term commitments, good veterans.
“So we have a good foundation. We just have to do better, I have to do better, everyone has to do better.”
After Simmons made just 34.2% of his free throws in the playoffs, Morey added, “I think it’s pretty simple what certain players need to improve.” Bontemps also stated that Morey was non-committal about Simmons’ future with the franchise beyond the summer months.
Starting Tuesday afternoon, updated betting odds continue to link Simmons to a trade from the 76ers before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. The Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards remain favorites to win the 24-year-old through a blockbuster deal.