Ben Simmons Makes His Intention Clear As He Reportedly Refuses to Meet 76ers Teammates Amid Trade Rumors

Published 09/25/2021, 2:13 PM EDT
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


According to a recent tweet by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Philadelphia 76ers players planned to travel to Los Angeles this week. Their aim was to meet with Ben Simmons and convince him to commit to the team for the 2021-22 season. However, they were told not to come because Simmons did not want to meet them as a courtesy.

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Sources claimed he has decided what he needs to do and their visit wouldn’t change his mind. According to insiders, the 76ers’ primary leaders — Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle — and most of the squad were scheduled to fly to meet Simmons before being denied away.

Simmons didn’t want his teammates to make the trip from Philadelphia to Los Angeles out of courtesy. Since he allegedly won’t change his mind about seeking a trade.

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What does this mean for Ben Simmons?

According to sources, Simmons has checked out as a 76ers player in his head. Implying that whether he appears in Philadelphia this season, the franchise may never again receive the same committed player.

The 76ers finished the season with a turbulent end, including a seven-game series loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference playoffs. And post-Game 7, comments from head coach Doc Rivers and Embiid worsened the team-player relationship’s collapse.

The 76ers have yet to receive an offer that they consider sufficient to move Simmons. According to insiders, no trade is imminent for Philadelphia, but teams are calling. With Simmons, the 76ers’ collective bargaining agreement and uniform player contract present a variety of strong negotiating points.

Players agree to provide playing service to the team entirely when they sign a contract, and if they cannot do so, they may face fines and game earnings being withdrawn.

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 NBA Analyst talks about how the 76ers treated Simmons and ultimately pushed him out

Just last week, ESPN’s player-turned-analyst Jay Williams appeared on This Just In with Max Kellerman. He spoke about how the franchise’s treatment of Ben Simmons is what pushed him out. So it is clear from trusted sources that even Ben’s teammates, some of whom he considers friends, can no longer convince him to change his mind.

He has the adamance to leave the franchise without the guarantee of playing as a starter anywhere else. This shows that Simmons is dedicated to changing the way his game has progressed so far.

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Especially considering that the narrative in Philadelphia is that he does not work hard. He has shown that he needs to change that toxic environment in order to become the best version of himself.

What do you think Simmons will do next? Let us know.

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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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