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EMBIID DENIES SIMMONS RIFT

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PHILADELPH­IA 76ers star Joel Embiid has denied there is a rift between he and teammate Ben Simmons amid reports that the Australian star is seeking to leave the franchise.

USA Today reported that an increasing­ly unsettled Simmons wants to leave Philadelph­ia, and had informed president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and coach Doc Rivers he planned not to report for training camp.

The report cited an “escalating” rift with Embiid as one of the reasons Simmons was looking for a trade following a 2020-2021 season that ended with another playoff disappoint­ment.

Embiid, however, denied any rupture in his relationsh­ip with Simmons in a series of tweets in response to the USA Today report.

“Stop using my name to push people’s agendas,” Embiid wrote. “I love and hate drama. I love playing with Ben.

“Stats don’t lie. He’s an amazing player and we all didn’t get the job done. It’s on me personally. I hope everyone is back cuz we know we’re good enough to win.”

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