The rumors connecting Ben Simmons to the Golden State Warriors just won’t seem to go away, and the new public drama between the Philadelphia 76ers and their unhappy All-Star has revived them once again.
After requesting a trade this summer, Simmons finally returned to the Sixers this month for what turned out to be a short-lived reunion. Simmons was tossed out of practice this week and handed a one-game suspension after reportedly refusing to take part in drills. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Simmons told teammates this week that he isn’t mentally ready to play and needs more time, leaving his status once again in limbo.
Though the Warriors reportedly passed on Simmons once already — turning down a pre-draft proposal that would have required them to send Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, and four first-round draft picks — there has still been some speculation among fans that Golden State could make a run at him. The Warriors are looking to jump back into title contention with the expected return of Klay Thompson later this season, and Simmons would likely be the best player they could add.