RUMOR: What Ben Simmons is allegedly willing to do to force trade from Sixers
While there is still a glimmer of hope that Ben Simmons starts the 2021-22 season in a Philadelphia Sixers uniform, the possibility of this happening is becoming bleaker by the day. Right now, it appears that the All-Star point guard is doing everything he can to force his way out of Philadelphia. This reportedly includes Simmons’ willingness to skip the Sixers’ training camp altogether.
According to an anonymous scout in the NBA, the general belief is that Simmons could ghost the Sixers in order to force a trade from the team:
"One scout I spoke to said they wouldn’t be surprised if Simmons considers not showing up to training camp if he hasn’t been traded."
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 23, 2021
This is not the first time we’ve heard a similar rumor. A few weeks ago, it was also reported that Simmons had cut all communication with the Sixers, which included not answering the calls of teammate Joel Embiid.
There are more than a few teams that have been monitoring Simmons’ situation with the Sixers. The Golden State Warriors have been one of the teams linked to a swap for the former NBA Rookie of the Year winner. This recent development only adds fuel to the possibility of a sensational move for Simmons. The Portland Trail Blazers, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Minnesota Timberwolves have also been rumored to have shown interest in Ben Simmons.
For his part, it looks like Simmons has already made up his mind. It does not seem that he sees his future in Philly, and at this point, he appears to be willing to pull out all the stops to ensure this happens.