Will Ben Simmons be a member of the Philadelphia 76ers when the NBA’s 2021-22 season opens later this fall?
It’s looking less and less likely.
According to a recent report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons continues to inform the Sixers that he wants to be traded. He’s reportedly stated that he will not be showing up for training camp. Simmons is demanding a trade out of Philadelphia.
It’s unclear if the Sixers will be able to get the kind of package they’re seeking for the former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick. Simmons is a really good player, but he’s a flawed one, with a complete lack of a jump shot and some apparent confidence issues.
One team is getting mentioned the most for Simmons: Minnesota.
29 NBA teams: We don't want Ben Simmons
The Timberwolves: pic.twitter.com/Dy6f0xam66
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) August 28, 2021
Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley appears to be all-in on the idea, as well. He voiced his support for a Simmons trade earlier this summer.
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) August 31, 2021
The issue, of course, is finding a package that will work for both sides. The Timberwolves will have to give up something of value in order to land the All-Star.
Love to know how your plan to get Ben Simmons without giving up any of those 3 guys.
— Stan Van Gundy (@realStanVG) September 1, 2021
Simmons, 25, is coming off a 2020-21 season in which he averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.
The Sixers were the Eastern Conference’s best team in the regular season, but lost in the semifinals of the playoffs to the Hawks.