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Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo refutes suggestion Ben Simmons doesn't want to join them

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The Philadelphia 76ers are in an optimistic but delicate position. While they are the proud owners of the top overall draft pick this summer and possess a young core of players, 'The Process' that Sam Hinkie oversaw has seen the franchise plummet to record lows on the court.

They have the potential to force their way back into contention in the east, but for all the picks and assets they have acquired over the past few years, it could be argued they haven't pieced together a balanced roster at all.

With a crowded frontcourt, it appears that they will make yet another addition to their big men with either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram in June's draft.

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However, several reports have stated that Simmons' camp would prefer their client to head to L.A. in order to make the most of their market and benefit from endorsement deals.

The LSU forward is also said to have a long-standing love of the Purple and Gold, which included a Snapchat video where he told a fan to "catch me on the Lakers next year."

Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo spoke to SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio's NBA Sunday Tip on Sunday and dismissed the idea that Simmons wouldn't want to land in Philly.

"Some people like to poison the well," Colangelo said. "We’ve got good relationships with the agent [Rich Paul] and with the family because Brett Brown has known Ben Simmons’ father for years."

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“We’ve got good young, developing players, but we don’t have a star where we can say a bona fide star has made it," Colangelo said. "We are still looking for that first one—if that comes in the form of the first pick in this draft, if that comes in the form of a player we acquire via trade or free agency."

Simmons may well be that star, but if the organisation really are having a shift in focus they should address their backcourt problems, too.

One man Colangelo - who took over from Hinkie in April - is hoping can realise his potential is Joel Embiid. The center has missed the last two seasons after being picked third in the 2014 draft and has yet to set foot on an NBA court. The player himself claims he will return next season and the GM likes his upside.

"The big unknown with this organisation is [Embiid], who has not played an NBA game," Colangelo said. "He certainly has the skill level, the size [7'0", 250 lbs], the talent to potentially become a star."

Whatever the case, the new executive isn't thinking about rebuilding anymore. He wants to win games.

“Everybody is thinking about winning, as opposed to prolonging the rebuilding process," Colangelo said. "We’re really moving from that rebuilding and stripping down to a building process. We’re going to do things that put us in a position to win basketball games more so than collect future assets.”

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