Uncertainty still surrounds Ben Simmons' future, as the Philadelphia 76ers are yet to resolve their All-Star guard's future. However, head coach Doc Rivers has given an insight into how difficult it can be, at times, to get through to Simmons while taking a jab at Donald Trump supporters.
The Philadelphia 76ers joined Willie Geist on MSNBC to promote his docuseries podcast. Rivers, when asked about the Ben Simmons situation. likened his communications with the 25-year-old guard to conspiracy theories about Donald Trump winning the 2020 general election. He said:
“There’s times that I think we’re getting through, and there’s times that I think that I’m talking to people who still believe Trump won the election. So I’m not sure, but I’m going to keep trying.”
Although he mentioned that he was going to keep trying, it does not look like there'll be much enthusiasm from the Sixers in salvaging their relationship with Simmons. It feels more like trying to save face with the hopes of regaining leverage for a potential trade.
Ben Simmons will not report to training camp in an attempt to force his way out
At this point, it is unclear if Ben Simmons will be willing to return to the discussion table, given how explicit he has been about his demand for a trade.
To further show his seriousness, the versatile guard will not be reporting to training camp, and will be ready to pay whatever fine comes as a result of his decision. He could pay up to $1.3 million if he misses training camp and pre-season games.
Ben Simmons' poor performances in the 2021 NBA playoffs semi-finals was the breaking point for many fans and front-office personnel in Philly. While he is an absolute monster defensively, his performance in offense is worrisome.
The versatile guard is grossly undervalued at this point, but the Sixers are looking to get the best deal with his trade. That is the only explanation for the delay, seeing how both parties are seemingly fine with parting ways.
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With training camp starting in under a week and preseason games commencing the following week, the window is closing to seal a trade as the new season tips off on October 19.