Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers remain at an impasse, as the two sides have been since Philadelphia was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks in June.
Simmons, who is under contract for four more seasons, would like to be traded. The 76ers would like to trade him, but only for a return they believe is commensurate with how they value the 25-year-old three-time All-Star and two-time All-Defense selection.
So far, a deal hasn't happened. Until it does, both sides will remain locked in a stalemate.
Sources previously told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Simmons has sought a trade out of Philadelphia and that Simmons' agent, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, and Sixers management met earlier this summer. Now, sources confirmed Simmons has threatened to skip the start of training camp in an effort to put pressure on Philadelphia to make a move.
All of that adds up to Philadelphia -- a city that has grown accustomed to drama surrounding its basketball team -- being home to the league's stickiest situation with less than three weeks until training camp.
How did we get here?
From the moment Simmons passed out of a wide-open dunk to Matisse Thybulle with under four minutes to go in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Hawks, league insiders have believed his exit from Philadelphia was inevitable.
After staunchly defending Simmons all season, Sixers coach Doc Rivers was asked after that Game 7 loss if Simmons could be a championship-level point guard.
"I don't know the answer to that," Rivers said.
Part of the reason Rivers defended Simmons all season was that it was his latest attempt to use his news conferences to boost the confidence of one of his key players -- something he'd had success doing with players like Rajon Rondo with the Boston Celtics and DeAndre Jordan with the LA Clippers.