Ben Simmons plans to stop playing for the Philadelphia 76ers
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Ben Simmons and his camp have made it clear that he intends to never be suitable for the Philadelphia 76ers and will not participate. Training camp next week.
This is because the three-time All-Star player is very firm in his trading requirements.
Last month, Keith Pompeo of the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that Simmons and his representatives asked for a deal during a meeting with the top of the 76ers.
At that meeting, Simmons expressed his intention to skip the training camp very clearly.
According to Woj, the two parties have not talked to each other since that meeting.
Simmons may be fined $227,613 for missing training camp every day.
According to Woj, this is a fine he knows but is willing to take the risk, so he doesn’t have to play against the Philadelphia team anymore.
Simmons is currently in the second year of the highest five-year, $177 million contract he signed in July 2019.
At the same time, Daryl Morey, president of basketball operations, tried his luck with other NBA teams. Trade his star, But many teams think that Morey’s asking price is too high.
The 76ers talked to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but they were unwilling to include Karl Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards in any trade.
They also contacted Sacramento; however, just like Minnesota, they let DeAaron Fox and Tyrese Halliburton off the negotiating table.
Philadelphia has also tried to negotiate with Indiana, Golden State and Cleveland, but the three teams are unwilling to give up Morey’s return plan.
Simmons once said he would prefer to be traded to one of the “three California teams”, but the 76ers ultimately controlled his whereabouts.
Since Philadelphia hopes to persuade Simmons to participate in the training camp, they will definitely respond on Monday’s Media Day.
This post is written by Eric Magana