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Earlier this morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ben Simmons would not report for the opening of training camp and intends to never play for the Sixers again.
ESPN Sources: Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons will not report for opening of training camp next week and intends to never play another game for the franchise. Simmons hasn’t spoken to team since a late August meeting when he communicated this message to Sixers officials.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2021
Simmons clearly wants nothing to do with the Sixers organization — he’s even taken this rift to his Instagram story.
Ben Simmons IG Story. 😂 pic.twitter.com/jvkQfuRGWi
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) September 21, 2021
The 3-time All-Star seems to be poking fun at the fact that the Sixers wanted to deal him for John Wall. That’s a 31-year-old point guard coming off major knee and Achilles surgeries on a dismal contract. So Simmons is likely appalled that he won Defensive Player Of The Year last year and now he’s in conversation to be traded in for an unwanted John Wall.
Ben Simmons hasn’t spoken with anyone in the Philadelphia 76ers organization since August, so will GM Daryl Morey get a deal done before training camp? He’s said the asking price was “steep”, however a player going this public with his dismay for your franchise doesn’t exactly leave management holding the cards. Ben Simmons may finally be on the move.