The Sixers and Ben Simmons are likely heading toward a split and it’s just a matter of time when a trade will occur.
Simmons is reportedly hoping that happens sooner than later with Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reporting that the 25-year-old recently had a meeting with the team to inform them that he wanted out of Philadelphia.
During the meeting, which took place in Los Angeles last week, team owner Josh Harris, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, GM Elton Brand, and coach Doc Rivers attempted to convince Simmons to show up to camp in a few weeks and be part of the team. However, sources tell Pompey that Simmons doesn’t plan on showing up with the intention of forcing a trade.
The team can fine Simmons every day that he’s not in camp but according to Pompey, the former No. 1 overall pick isn’t worried about the financial cost of his hold out.
Simmons, who made his third All-Star appearance this past year, has four years and $147 million left on his contract.
Several teams have been in contact with the Sixers about a Simmons trade. The Timberwolves, Raptors, Cavaliers, Pacers, Kings, and Warriors have all had talks with the franchise about a potential deal.