Austin Rivers weighs in on Ben Simmons situation

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Of course, the Denver Nuggets guard’s dad, Doc, has been trying to mend the relationship between Ben and the Sixers org. for months now … but BS has yet to play a minute of hoops for Philly this season. And when we asked Austin about the situation, he says he doesn’t see Simmons playing for the Sixers ever again. “No man, probably not. I don’t think so,” Rivers answered. “If he hasn’t suited up by now, then I don’t think so.”
Source: TMZ Staff @

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Dave Mason @DeuceMason
Talked about a fun win over the Lakers, Ben Simmons-Tobias Harris and took a lot of weird calls. It was fun:
📺: AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: 76ers have increased asking price for Ben Simmons, no movement on trade…11:31 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Updated #NBA column: After reported discussions of including Tobias Harris in a Ben Simmons trade, Harris says ‘he doesn’t want to discuss the matter. ‘It already took too much energy out of me yesterday and today’ #76ers PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Updated #NBA column: Packaging Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris in a trade could make sense if the #Sixers get a quality power forward in return, but they’ll need more impact players for it to happen: PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
By playing so much Embiid-Drummond down the stretch here, perhaps Doc Rivers is sending a message of some sort to Ben Simmons agent Rich Paul sitting courtside. 🤔 – 9:16 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA source: The idea of trading Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris together would allow the #Sixers to acquire a power forward in return, expanding the pool of possible players they could get. Primary goal is still dealing Simmons and #76ers aren’t actively shopping Harris. – 8:15 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: The #Sixers packaging Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris in a trade doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense: #76ers PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Fan near Rich Paul at the game just yelled at him during a break in the action just now: “Yo Rich Paul, get Ben Simmons out of Philly!” – 7:48 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Fan just yelled: ‘Rich Paul, get Ben Simmons out of Philly.’ #Sixers7:48 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Fan sitting behind Rich Paul: “Yo, Rich Paul! Get Ben Simmons out of Philly!” – 7:48 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on the 76ers/Klutch Sports meeting on Ben Simmons in Philadelphia: PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers addresses the trade rumors surrounding his team while also talking about the Ben Simmons situation #Sixers… via @SixersWire #NBA6:27 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Doc Rivers says he doesn’t think Ben Simmons is any closer to returning to the Sixers, but he isn’t sure.
Rivers notes Simmons “does come into the facility. … Hopefully we’ll know sooner or later.” – 5:27 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers says that Ben Simmons does come to the facility and work out. What that means in terms of his return, he adds that he doesn’t have an answer right now. #Sixers5:27 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
new information on the ben simmons situation, updated daily PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
From Thunder game notes: Josh Giddey is on track to become the fourth rookie in NBA history to average at least 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The others: Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Ben Simmons – 4:27 PM

Ben Simmons trade rumors: 76ers star would need weeks of conditioning to play; contract scaring off some teams PM

Sam Amick @sam_amick
A Ben Simmons analysis and updated breakdown of every team that’s known to be in the running (per @Shams Charania), at @TheAthletic
* Sacramento, Atlanta, Minnesota, Indiana, Portland
* The Sixers outlook
(assist from @ Jon Krawczynski)…11:22 AM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
NEW @TheCrossover Pod w/@Howard Beck: Early returns on Klay, Tatum/Brown in Boston, a potential shakeup in Atlanta, latest intel on Ben Simmons, more. Links: AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Total games with a negative plus-minus on the season:
Bol – 5
Davon Reed – 6
Nikola Jokić – 10
Aaron Gordon – 12
Monte Morris – 13
PJ Dozier – 14
Zeke Nnaji – 15
Bones Hyland – 15
Will Barton – 15
Austin Rivers – 17
Jeff Green – 20
JaMychal Green – 21
Facu Campazzo – 30 – 1:28 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokić scored all 19 of Denver’s 4th quarter points. Michael Malone said he thought guys were running away from the ball down the stretch.
Well, only three other players played down the stretch: Monte Morris, Facu Campazzo, and Austin Rivers. – 1:13 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
For those wondering, the Clippers are 0-10 in franchise history when scoring fewer than 30 points in the first half.
The last NBA team to win a game after scoring fewer than 30 first half points: Paul George’s Indiana Pacers in December 2012 at Austin Rivers’ New Orleans Hornets – 11:42 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Flagrant foul 1 assessed to Marcus Morris Sr. for his role in his exchange with Austin Rivers. – 11:29 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Marcus Morris just connected with a forearm to Austin Rivers’ chin. Flagrant 1 for Morris. – 11:29 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Austin Rivers and Marcus Morris Sr. exchanging late New Year’s wishes.
Replay showed Morris toss a forearm towards Austin’s head/neck area. – 11:28 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nuggets starters: Monte Morris, Austin Rivers, Aaron Gordon, JaMychal Green and Nikola Jokic.
Malone sees it, too. This will be J-Myke’s third straight game starting at PF. – 10:09 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Austin Rivers experienced “a scary incident” that resulted him going to an LA hospital last night. But Malone said Rivers has since recovered and available to play tonight vs Clippers – 9:26 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Austin Rivers had a “scary incident” last night and was in the hospital. He had an allergic reaction and struggled to breathe. He’s able to play against the Clippers. – 9:15 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone says Austin Rivers had an allergic reaction at practice the other day and had to go to the hospital. He was released yesterday evening and is good to go tonight. A “scary incident, per Malone. – 9:12 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone just shared that Austin Rivers had an allergic reaction that made it difficult for him to breathe last night. He went to the hospital, was released, felt better this morning, and is good to go tonight.
Austin Rivers man…dude has been through hell this year. – 9:12 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Michael Malone says that Austin Rivers was hospitalized last night after an allergic reaction during team activities at UCLA.
Rivers woke up and felt better, went through shootaround, and will be active tonight in LA. – 9:11 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Michael Malone said Austin Rivers had a “scary incident” in which he had an allergic reaction and went to the hospital. Rivers is good to go tonight though. – 9:10 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
It was reminiscent of his classic Game 3 vs. Portland.
Austin Rivers delivered Denver another win Sunday. This time in OKC.
“I don’t really get fazed by the pressure. Shit, I was born with pressure. My last name. I’ve had pressure since I was like 12.”…12:41 PM

More on this storyline

The Sixers are targeting top 25-caliber players for trades, but those kinds of assets have yet to be made available to them in offers, sources said. Some teams have even described the Sixers’ asking price for a Simmons’ deal as growing in price — not declining, sources told ESPN. -via ESPN / January 13, 2022

Trysta Krick: Spoke to Jake Fischer about this and it appears Daryl Morey is aligned not just with ownership but Joel Embiid too. They’ll let Ben rot before lowering the asking price -via Twitter @wojespn / January 13, 2022

The meeting at a downtown Philadelphia restaurant was described as amicable and professional, but Morey reiterated the franchise’s stance that it won’t make a Simmons trade unless it believes the return gives it a chance to compete for a championship, sources said. -via ESPN / January 13, 2022