Things between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers solely seem like getting worse.
Sixers gamers needed to journey to Los Angeles this week to fulfill with Simmons and spend time convincing him to decide to the 2021-22 season with them, however they had been knowledgeable to not come and that Simmons didn’t need to meet, in line with The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and a lot of the staff had been set to fly to see Simmons earlier than being turned away.
“Multiple sources said Simmons didn’t want his teammates, some of whom he considers friends, to make the Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles commute out of courtesy because he won’t change his mind on wanting a trade,” Charania writes.
The information comes after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Simmons “intends to never play another game” for the Sixers and has minimize off all communication with the staff since an August assembly in L.A. during which he knowledgeable administration of his determination to carry out.
Simmons’ relationship with the 76ers has been rocky since he was almost traded to the Houston Rockets final season in a bundle for James Harden.
Trade rumors continued to comply with the 25-year-old after Philly was eradicated from the playoffs early. Simmons had an terrible postseason and even took some blame for the Sixers’ second-round playoff exit, saying, “There’s a lot of things that I need to work on.”
The Sixers reportedly need a haul in change for Simmons, together with an “All-Star-caliber player” and a number of first-round picks. However, a number of groups have not been keen to fulfill Philly’s calls for.
The Kings have been closely linked to Simmons, however the 76ers reportedly need De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton in change for the three-time All-Star, and Sacramento is not keen to half methods with both participant.
NBA insider Marc Stein believes 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey is hoping the Kings get off to a gradual begin this coming season in order that they make Fox out there.
“Morey is surely hoping that a slow start for Portland or Sacramento could lead to the sort of early tension that prompts Damian Lillard to finally ask for a trade, or the sort of desperation that nudges the Kings into making De’Aaron Fox available. Morey frankly needs an assist of some sort,” Stein writes.
Simmons is below contract by means of the 2024-25 season after signing a five-year extension value $177.2 million in July 2019.