“No man, probably not. I don’t think so,” Rivers answered when asked if Simmons will rock the 76ers uniform again. “If he hasn’t suited up by now, then I don’t think so.”
As for his thoughts on the 76ers’ effort to keep Simmons, he said: “Shit, they tried, bro. Look how long it’s been. I think they tried to keep him. He wants to go somewhere else obviously.”
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Despite all of the drama surrounding Simmons and the 76ers, Rivers still thinks he’s a great player: “I just want the young man to be happy. He’s talented. He’s a great player.”
Simmons has yet to see the court this season as a member of the 76ers. A rift developed between the two parties following the team’s Game 7 loss in the 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals when Doc Rivers cast doubt on Simmons’ ability to pilot a championship team.
The NBA trade deadline is scheduled for February 10.
Check out Rivers’ thoughts on Simmons’ time with the 76ers coming to an end below.