On Monday, 76ers head coach Doc Rivers addressed those rumors. He told the media that Simmons definitely didn't say that to anyone but acknowledges that it's tough to play in Philadelphia.
"It’s tough to play here. Ben didn’t say that. I can't say he said that. That’s just an assumption," Rivers said.
Simmons seemingly lost a ton of support after his historically bad playoffs this past year. He converted only a third of his free throws as the 76ers lost in seven to the Atlanta Hawks.
Following Philadelphia's elimination, speculation emerged that Simmons might be traded in the offseason.
The Philadelphia 76ers seemingly never considered trading their three-time All-Star over the past few months. But Ben Simmons appears to be fed up with the team anyway.
He has not reported to training ahead of the NBA season starting, and the belief is that he is officially done with the 76ers. Last week ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Simmons is determined to never play for them again.
The 76ers could conceivably get a pretty good haul of compensation if they were to make Simmons available. But at this point, they may have lost some of their leverage.
Did the fans contribute at all to Ben Simmons losing interest in playing for the 76ers?