It's been seven weeks since the 2020-21 NBA season ended and the offseason began. And at that time, one of the biggest storylines in the league was whether Ben Simmons would be back with the Philadelphia 76ers next season.
At this point, he remains in Philadelphia. But there's been a ton of buzz surrounding the point guard's status, with reports now saying he may not report to training camp when it gets underway later this month because he wants to be traded.
Yet, still nothing has materialized and it's unclear where Simmons will be playing when the 2021-22 season gets underway on Oct. 19. And speculation is likely to continue until there's a resolution.
Here's some of the latest buzz regarding several teams that have been linked to the Australian in trade rumors this offseason.
Golden State Warriors
It's been rumored that Simmons wants to play for one of the teams in California, but it doesn't seem like it's going to be the Golden State Warriors if that's the case.
Anthony Slater of The Athletic noted talks between Golden State and Philadelphia "can't be considered dead because they've never even really been alive, multiple sources confirm." He added that when the 76ers reached out before the 2021 NBA draft, they wanted center James Wiseman, forward Andrew Wiggins and four total first-round picks, including the Warriors' top two selections this year.
Slater also reported that Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob doesn't want to part with Wiseman or rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga in any potential trades.
"League execs might view Wiseman and Kuminga as intriguing but unproven young players who sweeten the pot a bit around Wiggins' negative value contract. But [the 76ers would] be talking to a front office that collectively remains higher on both their futures than the general consensus," Slater wrote.
So, it seems Simmons may not be playing alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the Warriors' lineup anytime soon.