On eve of Sixers’ season, Ben Simmons dishes on James Harden rumors; Joel Embiid talks coaching

PHILADELPHIA — On the day before the 76ers open their NBA season on Wednesday against the visiting Washington Wizards, their two All-Stars discussed trade rumors and a report on the team’s coaching search. After reports circulated last week that the Sixers made Ben Simmons available in a possible trade for Houston Rockets eight-time All-Star guard James Harden, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey told The Athletic, “We are not trading Ben Simmons. He is an important part of our future.” First-year Sixers coach Doc Rivers thought enough about the situation that he called Simmons afte…

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