Ben Simmons unlikely to play for 76ers this season
Ben Simmons is unlikely to play for the 76ers this season due to an ongoing drama between them.
As the NBA trade deadline approaches, the 76ers must decide before 3 p.m. next Thursday whether to keep Simmons on the team or not. Should the team remain undecided, they risk losing a valuable trade opportunity that would help them in a potential championship run this season.
According to a New York Post report, Simmons is upset due to “critical postgame comments” by Sixers head coach, Doc Rivers, and players on the team after a loss to Atlanta Hawks last year.
The Sixers have every right to be upset after the 25-year-old point guard missed out on all training camp and preseason play at the start of this season. Rivers said he had always been very supportive of Simmons, but said that “respect is a two-way street” when it comes to the present problem.
“I want him to do well,” Rivers said. “It’s just the excuses and all that stuff. One of the things I tell all my players is that respect is a two-way street, especially these young guys. You can’t expect to ignore us or not listen and then want us to do something different to you. You have to respect each other to be successful in life.”
The standoff has affected Simmons’ trade value in the NBA. According to Bleacher Report, the Sacramento Kings, who had expressed interest in Simmons, said they are no longer interested.
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