Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons hasn’t played in an NBA game since June 20, 2021, in Game 7 against the Atlanta Hawks. Since then he has been embroiled in many controversies as it has had a tumultuous summer which included a request for an exchange in late August.
Simmons started the 2021-22 season late as he made it clear he didn’t want to play for the Sixers. He ended that resistance in the preseason on Oct. 11 when he showed up at the arena unannounced during their exhibition game with the Brooklyn Nets.
However, he still hasn’t played a game for the Sixers as they are now 40 games into the season. Simmons showed up at the facility and trained, but that doesn’t mean he’s any closer to a comeback than before.
While Simmons obviously wants a trade, the Sixers have maintained that they want him to join the team. They won’t trade him unless they get the great value they have for him in return. While the Star Guardian may not want to return just yet, Philadelphia still has some hope in that regard.
By Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report:
Philadelphia executives, sources told B / R, are still optimistic that Simmons might even be willing to return to play at this event, although league staff familiar with Simmons’ team believe that he has no interest in wearing a Sixers uniform again.
While the optimism is nice, it would be surprising to see Simmons reappear in a game for the Sixers. He’s made it clear that he doesn’t want anything to do with the franchise and wants to get out of Philadelphia as quickly as possible.
With the February 10 trade deadline looming, it will certainly be interesting to see what happens with this saga as it continues.
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