With the start of training camp just days away, the clock is ticking for both the 76ers and Ben Simmons, who has cut off contact with the team that drafted him with the No. 1 pick in 2016. The Sixers, in a last-ditch effort to mend fences with their disgruntled All-Star, had planned to meet with Simmons in Los Angeles this week, but according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the 6’11” point guard was adamant they not come, saving locker-room leaders Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Mattise Thybulle from making the trip out west.
Simmons has apparently made up his mind, insisting he wants out of Philadelphia and is willing to do whatever it takes to facilitate a trade elsewhere (well, maybe not everything). Interest around the league is high, though teams have largely balked at Daryl Morey’s exorbitant asking price for Simmons, particularly coming off a miserable postseason that saw the 25-year-old Australian shoot just 34.2 percent from the free-throw line.