In a secret meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons told the NBA franchise he wants to leave and won’t show up to preseason training.
As information about the Australian’s future has slowly spread since his dismal end to the playoff season, a local report from Philadelphia claims he has formalized his request, leaving the team in a difficult position to negotiate an exchange for the old number one. 1 choice.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons informed the 76ers at a meeting last week that he “doesn’t want to be a Sixer anymore.”
It is understood that Simmons is ready to play hard and has told team officials he will be fined thousands of dollars for failing to show up for team activities in order to force his exit.
Simmons facing the exit of the Sixers
It’s clear Simmons hasn’t forgotten the comments from Philly head coach Doc Rivers and teammate Joel Embiid following Simmons ‘poor performance in the 76ers’ loss to Atlanta in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference.
Rivers said he couldn’t answer whether the 25-year-old could be the point guard for a championship team. Embiid also criticized Simmons for passing the ball to Matisse Thybulle under the rim rather than shooting a much smaller Trae Young at the end of the Game 7 loss.
The only obstacle to speeding up trade negotiations is Philadelphia’s position on its value.
Athletic’s Shams Charania reported this week that the 76ers are not budging from their high asking price for Simmons and are comfortable bringing Simmons back for the 2021-22 NBA season.
Simmons is said to have met with his co-managing partner Josh Harris, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, general manager Elton Brand and coach Doc Rivers to tell them he won’t be returning.
The forward asked the team to prioritize potential trades with the Lakers, Clippers and Warriors.
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