Ben Simmons 'open' to trade to Warriors

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By , Audacy Sports

Where will Sixers star Ben Simmons be playing in the upcoming 2021-22 season?

The three-time All-Star's future is in doubt amid an offseason of trade speculation following a disappointing performance in the playoffs.

Simmons, for his part, has reportedly expressed interest in joining at least one other team.

The 25-year-old former first overall pick is apparently "open" to a trade to the Golden State Warriors, according to Jason Dumas of 95.7 The Game.

The Warriors have been tied to Simmons previously.

Late last month it was reported Golden State had turned down an offer of Simmons in exchange for James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, and the 7th and 14th picks in the draft, which the Warriors later used to select Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.

Meanwhile Simmons has "cut off communication" with most everyone in the Philadelphia organization, according to Dumas, echoing previous reports that the relationship has badly frayed, potentially beyond repair.

Instead, all inquiries are handled through the 25-year-old's agent, Rich Paul.

The Simmons saga has dragged on since the Sixers' ouster in the Eastern Conference semifinals at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. The 6-foot-11 point guard was roundly criticized when his lack of a jump shot and poor free-throw shooting became a liability in the postseason.

Sixers teammate and star center Joel Embiid didn't mince words when he cited Simmons passing up an open dunk or layup in Game 7 vs. Atlanta -- instead dumping the ball off to a teammate who was clamped by two defenders -- as one of the turning points of the series.

Simmons has kept a relatively low profile since then, with the Sixers reportedly exploring trade options. Their asking price was said to be very high, however, including potentially both star-caliber players and multiple draft picks.

There were a flurry of rumors indicating Simmons could be dealt on draft night or leading up to it, including the Warriors deal, but nothing materialized. A recent report indicated the Sixers' asking price for Simmons was "sky high."

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