The 2020-21 NBA season came to a screeching halt for the Philadelphia 76ers after losing in Game 7 versus the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Even with Trae Young struggling from the field, it was Kevin Huerter who would send the 76ers packing with his 27 points, making him the second-leading scorer in the game, only behind Joel Embiid.
Following Philadelphia’s heart-wrenching defeat, Daryl Morey and the front office have some pivotal decisions to make in the offseason.
It all begins with what the team should do with Ben Simmons moving forward. Morey and Doc Rivers advocated for Simmons and Embiid prior to the season, uttering that the duo has what it takes to win a title together.
Rivers was singing a different tune, though, after losing to the Hawks, as he was straightforward with Simmons’ future with the team. When asked about whether or not Simmons can be a point guard on a championship team, Rivers proceeded to say, “I don’t know the answer to that”. That is all we needed to hear to know what could be in store for Simmons in the coming months.
While the Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks battle it out in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Philadelphia 76ers will be busy taking a look at their roster and what changes need to be made.
They will also be compiling a list of free agents or trade targets that could make them forget about this season’s disappointing collapse as quickly as possible. As Philadelphia prepares for what is expected to be a busy couple of months, there are certain moves that need to be made for them to be contenders again in 2021-22.