'Gutless': 76ers savagely trolled over $68m Ben Simmons backfire

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James Harden (pictured), who was traded for Ben Simmons (pictured left), was mocked following his poor game for the 76ers in their elimination to the Miami Heat. (Getty Images)
James Harden (pictured), who was traded for Ben Simmons (pictured left), was mocked following his poor game for the 76ers in their elimination to the Miami Heat. (Getty Images)

NBA fans have used Ben Simmons' trade to let rip at the 76ers after new signing James Harden failed to shoot in the second-half of their playoff defeat.

Jimmy Butler was the star for Miami as he scored 32 points and waved "bye bye" to the Philly crowd as he sent the Miami Heat into the NBA's Eastern Conference finals with a 99-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6.

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The Heat will play the winner of the Milwaukee-Boston series.

The defending champion Bucks lead that series 3-2, with Game 6 on Friday night in Milwaukee.

Butler was the standout performer and many fans took to social media to express their disbelief that the 76ers let the star go in 2019.

Furthermore, many mocked Harden's display following his trade with Simmons earlier in the season.

The former NBA MVP offered little in the second-half with zero points off two attempts.

Harden has reportedly opted into his $68 million player option for next season.

Joel Embiid lets rip at 76ers teammates

Joel Embiid, the NBA scoring champion, scored 20 points for Philadelphia on seven-of-24 shooting.

Coming off a 35-point victory in Game 5, the Heat wore down a battered Sixers team.

Embiid remained to this day befuddled and hurt that the Sixers passed on Butler after forming a trio with Ben Simmons that - egos aside - could have contended for championships for years.

Jimmy Butler (pictured) in action during NBA semifinals between Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.
Jimmy Butler (pictured) in action during NBA semifinals between Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

"I still don't know how we let him (Butler) go," Embiid said. "I wish I could have gone to battle with him still."

The Sixers parted with Butler in large part because they chose Simmons as the cornerstone ball handler.

Simmons was unhappy and forced a trade this season to Brooklyn for James Harden.

with AAP

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