Embiid’s arrival at the Knicks hinges on Harden

The only way the Knicks could run Embiid is if Harden leaves them this summer and the 76ers can’t get a solid replacement.

Bill Simmons of The Ringer speculated on three directions the 76ers could go after squandering a 3-2 series lead against the Boston Celtics: A trade for Damian Lillard, re-sign James Harden and replace Doc Rivers or the doomsday scenario of Embiid asking out could force them to completely rebuild.

On Tuesday, the 76ers fired Rivers, upping their odds of re-signing Harden and lowering the Knicks’ chances of a trade for Embiid.