If there is one thing the 76ers want to do this offseason, it’s trade Ben Simmons elsewhere after his performance in the playoffs. The only issue is the team isn’t willing to trade him at a discounted price.
It was previously reported that Simmons cut off all communication with the organization, but now, a new report claims Simmons is willing to sit out of training camp if he is not traded.
On ESPN’s The Jump podcast Monday, Kendrick Perkins said Philly needs to do something soon because he believes Simmons is willing to sit out of training camp if he doesn’t get what he wants.
“Ben Simmons is not answering the phone calls, he don’t want to be with the 76ers, and from what I heard, he’s willing not to report to training camp, and will go as long as it takes for him to get out of Philly,” Perkins said.
The two-time All-Defensive first-team member and previous Rookie of the Year award winner is under contract through 2025.
Simmons nearly won the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2021 due to how elite he was on that side of the ball. His only issue is his unwillingness to expand on the offensive side of the ball.