Brett Brown on Whether Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Will Play in Summer League

This is a bummer, and we’ll have to officially wait until October to get the process started.

Fans of the Philadelphia 76ers are not likely to get a look Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on the floor together during the NBA Summer League.

76ers head coach Brett Brown told the 97.5 Fanatic that Embiid and Simmons will likely sit out the summer games.

“I don’t think we’ve announced [anything official], but I think everybody should bunker in to hear that news [that Simmons and Embiid won’t play in summer league],” he said. “I don’t think anything’s become official. But we’re fine with the work these guys are putting in. People could walk into our gym even now and see the attendance of our players.”

Embiid finally took the floor after missing his first two NBA seasons, but was only able to play in 31 games during the 2016-17 season before being shut down with a knee injury that required surgery.

Embiid averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while Simmons, the top pick in last year’s draft, missed his entire rookie season after he fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during a scrimmage in training camp.

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