76ers coach Doc Rivers confirmed Wednesday that All-Star guard Ben Simmons requested a trade in an August meeting. But Rivers also said the team "would love to get Ben back."
"In sports...there's been so many times this has happened that hasn't been reported, and the guy comes back," Rivers said on ESPN's First Take. "So, listen, we're going to go through it. We're going to always do what's best for the team, but I can tell you up front we would love to get Ben back. And if we can, we're going to try to do that. You know, Ben has a long contract. So it's in our hands and we want him back."
Rivers's comments come in the wake of a report on Tuesday from ESPN that stated Simmons had no intention of playing another game for the franchise or showing up to training camp, which begins next week.