Ben Simmons wants to leave Philadelphia, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Tuesday.
The 76ers point guard, who was widely criticized for his performance in Philadelphia’s playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks, told team executives last week, including head coach Doc Rivers and the president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, whom he did not want to play for the team. more, according to the report. He has no plans to show up to training camp.
The 76ers have actively sought to trade Simmons this offseason, but have not found a team willing to part ways with the “king’s ransom” that Morey seeks in return, according to the report. A source told Pompey that “there is so much bad blood between” Simmons and the 76ers.
Simmons a unique and particularly imperfect talent
It’s no secret that the 76ers bought Simmons, an acquaintance who diminished his business value. Teams don’t want to pay too much for a player the 76ers are actively looking to negotiate. Simmons is approaching the second season of a five-year, $ 177 million contract.
Simmons, 25, just completed his third All-Star appearance and his second All-Defensive selection in four NBA seasons. But the shooting woes that have plagued his game since joining the NBA have been magnified as the seeded 76ers failed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
Simmons was an offensive liability during Philadelphia’s playoff loss to Atlanta. He failed to score in double digits in four of the seven games and has been benched several times in late-game situations due to his inability to take free throws. During the Hawks series, Simmons not only struggled to take pictures, but became increasingly reluctant to take them.
The origins of “bad blood”?
He only attempted four field goals in Philadelphia’s Game 7 loss and passed a late open layup, fellow 76ers decision-maker Joel Embiid, described the game as “the turning point”. In the same post-game media session, Rivers was asked if he believed Simmons could be a point guard on a championship team. Rivers replied, “I don’t know the answer to that yet.”
Rivers told reporters the next day he was “very bullish” on Simmons while teasing a plan to fix his shooting problems. But the “bad blood” between Simmons and the 76ers was apparently already established.
Simmons, the No.1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and an integral part of ‘The Process’ rebuilding plan alongside Embiid, averages 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists , 1.7 interceptions and 0.7 blocks per game in four NBA seasons. His diverse skills and 6-11 framework make him a unique talent as an NBA playmaker. His 5 of 34 (14.7%) shooting clip from 3 point distance and 59.7% free throw rate also make him a unique responsibility as a perimeter player who needs the ball in. his hands to succeed.
Simmons will certainly have suitors thanks to his distinctive skills. But his shooting difficulties and the 76ers’ obvious plans to deal with him will prevent Morey from fully realizing his value in the trade market.