The 2023 offseason has been tumultuous to say the least for the Philadelphia 76ers. It all started with a change at head coach, and now there’s trade buzz involving the likes of James Harden, Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey.
The one constant through all of this, though, is Joel Embiid. It’s no surprise to see the 76ers’ core in a state of flux as the team looks to put the best roster possible around its MVP big man.
However, in a summer dominated by star trade demands, it appears Embiid is starting to contemplate his future in Philly.
Video surfaced late Sunday night of an interview Embiid had with Maverick Carter at the Interrupted Sports Film Festival. During the talk, the six-time All-Star made it clear a championship is his greatest desire. Most interestingly, though, is that Embiid admitted he doesn’t know which team he’ll get his best title shot with.
"“I just want to win a championship. Whatever it takes. I don’t know where that’s going to be. Whether it’s in Philly or anywhere else. I just want to have a chance.”"
A superstar saying “or anywhere else” is never a good sign. It show they’re considering the possibility, even if it’s small, that they could head somewhere else one day.
This, with the added context of Embiid’s championship dream, suddenly puts the heat on the Sixers. It’s not a shock to see the big man turning up the pressure on his team, either. Five losses in the second round of the playoffs, plus a first-round exit, should make any top-tier player antsy for a better situation.
While it’s great to hear Embiid’s passion for winning, this also serves as a first warning to Daryl Morey and company. Every single move from here on out will be judged against Embiid’s words. It’s now on the 76ers to make their star happy, or suffer the consequences.
For now at least, Embiid is a 76er and Philly is focused on the 2023-24 season. The Sixers rank No. 8 (+1500) in the odds to win the NBA Championship on DraftKings, and if you bet $5 on them to win you will unlock an instant $150 bonus guaranteed!