Disgruntled Ben Simmons reportedly rejects assembly with 76ers teammates



Issues between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers solely seem like getting worse. 

Sixers gamers needed to journey to Los Angeles this week to satisfy 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 wish to meet, based on The Athletic’s Shams Charania

Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and many of the group had been set to fly to see Simmons earlier than being turned away.

“A number of sources mentioned Simmons did not need his teammates, a few of whom he considers buddies, to make the Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles commute out of courtesy as a result of he will not change his thoughts on wanting a commerce,” Charania writes.

The information comes after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Simmons “intends to by no means play one other recreation” for the Sixers and has lower off all communication with the group since an August assembly in L.A. wherein 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. 

Commerce rumors continued to observe 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 number of issues that I have to work on.”

The Sixers reportedly need a haul in change for Simmons, together with an “All-Star-caliber participant” and a number of first-round picks. Nonetheless, a number of groups have not been keen to satisfy 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 sluggish begin this coming season so that they make Fox out there. 

“Morey is unquestionably hoping {that a} sluggish begin for Portland or Sacramento might result in the type of early rigidity that prompts Damian Lillard to lastly ask for a commerce, or the type of desperation that nudges the Kings into making De’Aaron Fox out there. Morey frankly wants an help of some kind,” Stein writes. 

Simmons is underneath contract via the 2024-25 season after signing a five-year extension value $177.2 million in July 2019. 




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