It doesn’t appear as though the 76ers and Ben Simmons are any closer to finding common ground.
The latest: The Athletic’s Shams Charania says Simmons “clearly appears done with the 76ers organization, as well as the city of Philadelphia.”
Not only that, but Simmons has reportedly emptied his home in Philadelphia and his place will soon go up for sale, his mentality being that “a trade is coming at some point.”
Charania added that the 76ers continue to hope that Simmons will report to the team and that Philadelphia’s front office, head coach Doc Rivers and agent Rich Paul have “remained in dialogue” about finding a way to get the three-time All-Star to return to Philadelphia. Simmons, however, is said to be “resistant.”
If Simmons does report to the 76ers, Charania says it would be with “short-term intentions.”
The No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Simmons has career averages of 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. In addition to his three All-Star selections, Simmons is a one-time member of the All-NBA Third Team and a two-time member of the All-Defensive First Team.
Having signed a five-year, $170 million extension with the 76ers in 2019, Simmons is under contract through the 2024-25 season.
It was reported not long after Philadelphia’s Game 7 loss to Atlanta in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs that the 76ers had “opened up trade conversations” surrounding Simmons with teams. Charania mentions the Trail Blazers and Pacers as teams with lead guards who could “entice” the 76ers with a potential package, but neither side has gained traction with the 76ers.
Portland reportedly rejected a potential package for Simmons in which Philadelphia asked for three first-round picks and three draft swaps.