ESPN Sources: Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons will not report for opening of training camp next week and intends to never play another game for the franchise. Simmons hasn’t spoken to team since a late August meeting when he communicated this message to Sixers officials.
There’s never been a softer, more mentally weak athlete in Philadelphia sports history than Ben Simmons. Wasted years, stole money, never improved, shrunk in the playoffs and forced his way out with $147M left on his contract.
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After talking to some folks over the weekend, it seems the Houston Rockets are seriously interested in acquiring 76ers forward Ben Simmons prior to the start of training camp. Things remain fluid but John Wall would be headed to Philadelphia in a possible trade, per sources.