NBA Rumors: Ben Simmons and Agent Rich Paul Makes Major Mental Health Allegations Against 76ers

Published 11/12/2021, 11:00 AM EST
May 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The tide of the initial shocks of Ben Simmons’ trade request finally looked ready to settle at the beginning of this month. However, another rumor has sparked on the internet that has raised some eyebrows about Ben Simmons’ future.

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According to trusted sources, Ben Simmons and his agent Rich Paul feel that the 76ers “exacerbated” his mental health problems. And their actions are still pushing Ben Simmons to the exit door, or at least nowhere close to his return.

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Simmons and Paul allege the 76ers are rushing him to return

After the rumors emerged linking Ben Simmons to a potential trade with the Celtics, the 76ers thought their misery was nearing an end. However, since we have no confirmation at the moment, even that does not seem like a seed that will yield fruit. Especially since the 76ers want Jaylen Brown in return, a future superstar who the Celtics would definitely not want to get rid of.

Nevertheless, there’s a difference between wanting to leave and wanting to consult a professional for help in staying. While Ben Simmons might struggle with his decision of wanting to stay or not, one crucial problem for him is his mental health not allowing him to play.

May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after the basket during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

And Simmons is allegedly blaming the 76ers for not being supportive and forcing him to expedite his return. It is natural that Ben might want to expedite his return too since the 76ers keep fining him for missing games.

But knowing your mental health is one of the key strengths of an excellent athlete and sportsperson, Simmons might play because of the duress from the front office. But if he isn’t ready to play at his highest potential and with the confidence he needed, then what good is it for the 76ers?

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What does this mean for Ben Simmons?

Ben Simmons was the first All-Star from his country. He brings out the pride of Australian through his representation in the NBA. Do you not think if he was ready, he’d want to come back? Considering his nation’s representation is at stake.

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So the 76ers should decide if they’re going with the carrot or stick method. They should not mix the two to confuse Ben even further.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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