After a tough close to the 2020-21 season where he struggled in the playoffs, the 76ers reportedly started fielding trade offers. While a trade seemed likely earlier this offseason, the rumors started to die down.
Just last week, Michael KB of CBS Sports reported that trade talks involving Simmons have “stalled.” Well, a new report suggests Ben Simmons is trying to force Philadelphia’s hand.
According to a report from NBA insider Keith Pompey, Simmons told the team he no longer wants to play for them. The report says the former No. 1 overall pick doesn’t plan to attend training camp.
“Ben Simmons tells Sixers brass he no longer wants to be a Sixer and does not intend to report to training camp, according to multiple sources,” Pompey reported.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) August 31, 2021
Earlier this offseason, reports indicated Philadelphia wants a haul for its starting point guard and doesn’t seem to be willing to compromise. However, with Simmons making it clear he wants out, the 76ers might not have any other choice.
Simmons has four years and $147 million remaining on his deal with the Sixers.
There are plenty of teams that could use Simmons’ skillset, but will they be willing to pay him that kind of money? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.