Simmons is not planning to attend training camp for the Sixers next week, though the team isn’t going to make a trade simply to avoid a distraction.
“He has said he wants to go,” a team source told Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice. “Ben doesn’t want to be here…but there’s a lot of things we want too.”
Philadelphia is prepared for some sort of absence to extend through at least the start of the preseason. However, as Neubeck notes, many within the organization believe Simmons will show up eventually.
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- The Blazers are seen as the betting favorite to land Simmons via trade if the Sixers move him.
- The Rockets are making a push to trade for Simmons before training camp begins. Details on what Houston is offering can be found here.
- Tyrese Maxey may see extended run for the Sixers if Simmons remains away from the team through the start of the season. Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz could also see more minutes in Doc Rivers’ rotation.