Simmons completed Recreation 7 with 5 factors on 2-of-4 capturing from the sector. He added 13 assists and eight rebounds, however his lack of aggressiveness was famous. Shaquille O’Neal was one of many loudest critics after the sport however Simmons had already acknowledged his poor play within the 103-97 loss.
“I ain’t shoot effectively from the road this collection,” he instructed reporters, through ESPN. “Offensively, I wasn’t there. I did not do sufficient for my teammates. … There’s loads of issues that I must work on.”
Simmons’ foul capturing wasn’t a lot to be envied both. He was 15-for-43 from the free-throw line within the collection in opposition to the Hawks and completed the playoffs with 34.2% from the road. In accordance with ESPN, it was the single-worst free-throw capturing share in playoff historical past with a participant who had a minimum of 70 makes an attempt from the road. He was 25-for-73 within the first two rounds of the collection.
He heard the boos from the followers in the course of the loss.
Simmons, who the 76ers paid $177.2 million over 5 years beginning in 2019, was instantly thrust into commerce rumors proper after the loss.
The New York Instances reported that the 76ers would “clearly” discover the commerce marketplace for Simmons this offseason as he was practically traded to the Houston Rockets for James Harden. Sixers coach Doc Rivers didn’t precisely again Simmons when he was requested whether or not the purpose guard could possibly be a part of a championship crew.
It’s unclear whether or not there could be an ideal match for Simmons. His expertise his famous.
In 5 seasons, he’s averaging 15.9 factors, 8.1 rebounds and seven.7 assists and is capturing 56% from the ground.
He’s nonetheless a viable participant for any crew and the newly sparked commerce rumors may simply be a prisoner-of-the-moment sort of deal. Plus, the sum of money Simmons is owed on his contract could flip groups off anyway.
By 2024-25, Simmons is ready to earn $40.3 million. He could possibly be an unrestricted free agent by 2025 and he would solely be 29 years outdated.