Report: Ben Simmons Turned Away Teammates Visit to LA
If the Sixers are hoping Ben Simmons changes his mind and decides to play in Philadelphia this season, if the latest report is any indication, that doesn't appear likely.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Simmons 76ers teammates, including Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and others, wanted to travel to L.A. this week to meet with Simmons in hopes of convincing him to return to Philly, but they were informed Simmons did not want to meet.
The core leaders on the 76ers — such as Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle — and most of the team were set to take a jet to see Simmons before being turned away, sources said. Multiple sources said Simmons didn’t want his teammates, some of whom he considers friends, to make the Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles commute out of courtesy because he won’t change his mind on wanting a trade.
Charania reports that Simmons has mentally check out playing in Philadelphia.
Simmons has mentally checked out as a member of the 76ers, sources said.
Philadelphia has no trade imminent, although teams are calling to discuss deals the Charania's report.
The Sixers are ser to report to training camp on Tuesday, with Simmons highly unlikely to show up. The team can fine him for failing to report, but it looks like we have seen the last of Simmons in a Sixers uniform.