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Ben Simmons Reportedly Willing To Sit Out Entire 2021-22 Season

Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles against the Boston Celtics.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 3: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 3, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

With only a few weeks remaining before the 2021-22 season, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons still hasn't reported to the team. And it doesn't look like he will anytime soon.

Appearing on ESPN's The Jump, NBA insider Ramona Shelburne reported that Simmons is willing to wait "as long as it takes" for the 76ers to let him leave. To that end, he's willing to wait the entire year if need be.

"Ben Simmons is willing to sit as long as it takes to," Shelburne said. "When you talk to people close to Ben, I say, ”Okay, worst-case scenario it takes all year. Would he sit all year?” And the answer right now is: 'Yes.'"

Simmons is coming off his third straight NBA All-Star season. But he's also coming off a historically bad postseason with the 76ers.

He averaged less than 35-percent from the free throw line and just 12 points per game over 12 games as the Sixers lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Following the Sixers' playoff elimination, rumors circulated for months that team might try to trade Ben Simmons. But fast-forward to today, and nothing has materialized.

Meanwhile, a combination of factors have reportedly led to Simmons being disillusioned with the franchise that took him No. 1 overall in 2016.

We won't know until the season starts whether Simmons really is as committed to never playing for the team again as some insider say he is. But the odds don't appear to be in Philadelphia's favor right now.

Have we seen the last of Ben Simmons in a 76ers jersey?