The situation involving Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers took another turn this past week. Simmons informed the 76ers that he would not attend training camp, and intended to never play another game for the 76ers again. He effectively demanded a trade from the 76ers.

Even before Simmons’ formalized his desire to leave, the 76ers were shopping Simmons around to any and every NBA team that would listen. But they weren’t able to concretize a deal, primarily because of how big an asking price they set for Simmons.

The 76ers made it very clear to negotiating teams that they wanted an All-Star caliber player in return for Simmons. One can assume this is so they don’t do any damage to their championship window and give cause to Joel Embiid to leave the franchise.