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Ben Simmons turns back Joel Embiid, Sixers from taking jet to end trade drama

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Ben Simmons has his mind made up. Not even a cross-country trip via private jet from the rest of the Philadelphia 76ers is apparently going to convince him to stay with the team.

According to the latest report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Simmons has spurned his teammates from visiting him in California for any attempt to sway him back to their side.

Philadelphia 76ers players wanted to travel to Los Angeles this week to meet with Ben Simmons and spend time convincing their All-Star teammate to commit to the 2021-22 season with them, but they were informed not to come and that Simmons did not want to meet, sources tell The Athletic.

The news definitely does not bode well for those hoping the two sides can reconcile things before the Sixers’ season begins. Shams made it clear, however, that Simmons’ refusal of their company was out of “courtesy” since he has no plans of turning back from his trade stance.

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.

The Ben Simmons-Sixers situation has seemingly passed the point of no return, several times over.