Ben Simmons told the Sixers that he would not be coming to training camp and was awaiting his trade in one of the California franchises.
Earlier in the week, The Athletic’s Shams Charania announced that there was no chance Ben Simmons would stay in Philadelphia and that it was only a matter of time. Faced with the lack of a satisfactory offer for the Sixers, we were beginning to feel a James Harden situation, with a star player stuck in a franchise where a heavy atmosphere would reign in the recovery. The Australian obviously does not want to get there.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer , Ben Simmons has officially announced to Sixers management that he has no intention of going to the team’s training camp, although it will penalize him financially. As direct contact was severed between Simmons and the front office (which was chatting only with Rich Paul), a meeting was reportedly held in Los Angeles between the various parties. The All-Star point guard would then have quickly indicated to everyone that he demanded a quick trade, otherwise he would not show up in Philadelphia until further notice.
This outcome is ultimately logical when we think back to the lack of frank support shown by Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid and the leaders at the end of the playoffs where Ben Simmons lived through complicated times. It had become clear that the relationship between the No.1 in the 2016 Draft and the Sixers would be hard to mend.
However, the problem remains the same in this case. Philadelphia is – again quite logically – demanding as to the desired counterpart. Ben Simmons is an All-Star under contract and still quite young. To sell it off would make no sense. It will nevertheless be necessary to find a happy medium so that the contenders who are the Sacramento Kings, the Minnesota Timberwolves and some others who prefer for the moment to operate in silence, are not convinced to take action.
While Ben Simmons may have shortcomings on the throwing line and when it comes to shooting, he is nonetheless a player of almost unparalleled playmaking and defense talent in this role in the NBA. He is, moreover, under contract until 2025, after a season with 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists.
Rumor has it that he wants a California team, but it seems complicated for the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers to take action. So there are the Kings, obvious contenders, and … the Golden State Warriors. The latter have some interesting assets from the perspective of a trade, including the recently drafted players in the 1st round and Andrew Wiggins, but not sure that this frankly interests the contender that is Philadelphia.