Ben Simmons wants out of Philadelphia. The relationship between Simmons and the Sixers became untenable.
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Simmons met with owner Josh Harris, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and coach Doc Rivers and told them he did not plan on reporting to training camp.
It’s not surprising given the circumstances surrounding Simmons’ five-year tenure with the Sixers. Both sides need to move on, as long as Philadelphia can find a trade partner. The Sixers have been asking a lot in return, but with Simmons’ intentions now public, their leverage decreased.
How did it get to this point where the Sixers are forced to trade an All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year candidate? One straight line — but not the only line — can be drawn to the Sixers’ disappointing Eastern Conference semifinals loss to Atlanta.
In the series, Simmons was benched during key stretches because of his unreliable free throw shooting, passed up an open dunk/layup in a key moment of Game 7 against the Hawks and was ineffective when he wasn’t in the open court or without the ball.