But make no mistake: Nobody thinks Simmons is long for the 76ers.
While the 76ers have told teams they are comfortable bringing Simmons back for the 2021-22 season, rival executives believe it’s only a matter of when — not if — the All-Defensive team stalwart is moved.
It would be quite awkward if Simmons returns to Philadelphia.
The 76ers can dream about Damian Lillard, but they must also focus on the present. They could win a championship this season with Embiid and a well-fitting supporting cast fortified by a Simmons trade.
Which is among the many reasons a Simmons is still viewed as inevitable.