Sixers Rumors: Latest on Ben Simmons, Cavaliers’ Draft Picks Preferences

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid rise for a jump ball during the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Several of Ben Simmons‘ teammates attempted to meet with him recently, though the All-Star rejected their overtures.

Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle had planned to fly to Los Angeles to meet with Simmons with the goal of changing Simmons’ stance on requesting a trade, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. However, Simmons made it clear that the trio shouldn’t make the trip.

The Sixers remain hopeful that Simmons will show up and re-join the team at some point if the franchise can not find a suitable trade. Several teams have expressed interest in Simmons, including the Timberwolves and Cavaliers.

More Ben Simmons Rumors

  • The Cavaliers don’t have any “untouchables” in trade talks as they continue to pursue Ben Simmons, though Evan Mobley and Darius Garland are unlikely to be dealt. If the Sixers opt to take a pick-heavy deal with Cleveland, they would want no protections on the first-rounder they receive.

  • Simmons not wanting to play in front of Philadelphia fans is a “factor” in him requesting a trade, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst (h/t The NBA Central). “He doesn’t want to be in front of those fans…I don’t think he intends to ever show his face there again,” Windhorst said on SiriusXNBA.

  • The Rockets continue to have an interest in Simmons. The franchise reportedly wanted to acquire the All-Star prior to training camp (which is set to begin next week).

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