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Ben Simmons requests trade; won’t report for 76ers camp

Ben Simmons requests trade; won't report for 76ers camp


Ever since the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs, it’s felt as if there was only one conclusion to the saga involving out-of-favor All-Star guard Ben Simmons. 

It appears everyone involved is headed toward that resolution. 

Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that Simmons has informed 76ers owner Josh Harris, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, general manager Elton Brand, and head coach Doc Rivers he wishes to be traded and currently doesn’t plan to attend the start of training camp. 

The 25-year-old still has four years and $147 million remaining on his contract and is coming off woeful postseason offensive performances. Simmons shot 34.2% from the free-throw line during the playoffs and managed to go viral by passing on a wide-open dunk, but he’s nevertheless been linked with the likes of the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards in summer trade rumors. 


ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said in July the 76ers want an All-Star, draft selections, and pick swaps in any deal for Simmons’ services. However, an unnamed NBA team executive suggested the previous month that Simmons’ value had plummeted because he is “so broken right now.” 

Simmons reportedly wishes to join one of three California teams, but it’s unknown if any of those entities will match Philadelphia’s asking price that will probably need to be lowered now that it’s known he wants out as soon as possible.