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Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers rush into a nasty divorce.
We know that.
The Aussie point guard has made it clear he has no interest in returning for training camp, and certainly no intention of playing another game for the Sixers.
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Meanwhile, Philadelphia is trying to find a business package for Simmons that allows them to compete with the best teams in the Eastern Conference and throughout the NBA.
According to the latest report, however, the Sixers had known this was coming for some time.
By Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia InquirerSimmons’ agent Rich Paul informed the team just three days after leaving the playoffs that the three-time All-Star was interested in a fresh start.
This all came after what was, in many ways, Simmons’ toughest year in the league.
He was on the hunt for a home in Houston when it emerged he was going to be fired for James Harden, he struggled in the playoffs, then watched his head coach and star teammate throw him under the bus.
Now the situation seems untenable. And if Philadelphia is to take a step, there are more than a fair share of teams willing and able to make a deal.
According to Pompey, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs “are still learning” about the 25-year-old.
Despite all the postures the Sixers have made, a trade seems like the only way forward for both sides; a reality that has become difficult to achieve due to the high demands of Philadelphia.
“It doesn’t matter if Ben shows up here today or in two weeks,” a source told Pompey.
“He’s going to be in formal attire, and you’re not going to have the same Ben Simmons.” So you might as well move on.