Ben Simmons tells 76ers he wants out, won't report to training camp: Source


Ben Simmons has signaled his desire to leave the Philadelphia 76ers and does not intend to report to training camp, a source confirmed to The Athletic's Derek Bodner on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Simmons told the 76ers in a meeting last week that he no longer wants to be in Philadelphia.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Monday that the 76ers had been discussing trades involving the three-time All-Star since July, with the Timberwolves and Raptors both making proposals. Philadelphia has told teams it is comfortable bringing Simmons back for the 2021-22 season, but rival executives believe it is a matter of time before he is traded.

Conversations with teams in Las Vegas during Summer League play earlier this month indicated the Timberwolves are the team that is most actively pursuing Simmons, according to The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski.

Simmons, 25, has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals through four NBA campaigns, but his numbers dropped last season and tailed off further in the playoffs. He averaged 9.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists in the season-ending, seven-game series loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the playoffs.

The No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Simmons is entering the second year of a five-year, $177.2 million contract. He is due $33 million in salary in 2021-22.

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