Ben Simmons will not report to Sixers training camp

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Adrian Wojnarowski: 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.

Source: Twitter @wojespn

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Beyond withholding salary from Ben Simmons for not fulfilling terms of his contract, the Sixers can use mechanisms in the CBA such as fines/suspensions to further penalize Simmons if he doesn’t honor team commitments. – 1:56 PM

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @Bobby Marks on the “death” of superstar free agency, potential CBA tweaks, Ben Simmons, Celts mini-preview; then @ Jon Krawczynski+ I react to latest Simmons news, Wolves interest, Minny preview:
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Apple: apple.co/2Xzsrwn1:55 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
I have the nicest takes ever and they boil down to wanting everyone to be happy. Do your thing, Ben Simmons, if you think you can make it work. – 1:33 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
I see many people reference the Timberwolves Jimmy Butler package as the floor of what the Sixers could get for Ben Simmons.
Covington: Traded for 2 1sts the next season
Saric: Traded that summer with the No. 11 pick to move up to No. 6
I’d say that’s 3 protected 1sts of value pic.twitter.com/X4eFLR4t3P1:15 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Ben Simmons is out here trolling at this point pic.twitter.com/2SzU19GyI21:12 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Nets GM Sean Marks, meeting with reporters today, continues to express optimism about reaching contract extensions with James Harden and Kyrie Irving after “very positive conversations” with both.
My latest, meanwhile, on the Ben Simmons saga is here: marcstein.substack.com/p/ben-simmons-…1:04 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
We all need a laugh. Ben Simmons won’t be reporting to camp. What is your reaction as a Sixers fan? – 12:53 PM

Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
All things considered, Ben Simmons might be the least cool pro athlete of my entire life – 12:48 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Ben Simmons has made it clear he doesn’t want to spend another second as a Sixer. The freshly dispatched Tuesday newsletter extravaganza goes deep on the latest in the Simmons saga: marcstein.substack.com/p/ben-simmons-…
All it takes is an email to get this direct in your inbox every Tuesday. – 12:45 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Until Ben Simmons says he’s willing to play on Pluto ahead of the Sixers, not impressed. AK – 12:42 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Ben Simmons, last four seasons: 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists.
Only other players to do that over the last four years: Westbrook, Jokic, LeBron, Luka.
But then there’s this: They’ve also made 1,766 3’s in that span.
Simmons has made five. – 12:31 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Ben Simmons contract
2021-22: $33.0M
2022-23: $35.5M
2023-24: $37.9M
2024-25: $40.3M
He also has a 15% trade kicker according to @spotrac. – 12:27 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
The Sixers and Ben Simmons trying to see who’s going to give in first pic.twitter.com/GcGqZxY2Je12:27 PM

David Locke @DLocke09
LOCKED ON JAZZ – Why NBA West is Wide Open. Tony Jones on Ben Simmons and Los Angeles Lakers. Always fun to be with @Tony Jones youtu.be/e7znzcchNsE via @YouTube12:23 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Ben Simmons won’t report to 76ers training camp, intends to never play another game for the team sportando.basketball/en/simmons-won…12:21 PM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Philly’s starting lineup in 2018-19:
1. Ben Simmons
2. J.J. Redick
3. Jimmy Butler
4. Tobias Harris
5. Joel Embiid
Two remain. Backcourt owns the NBA headlines today. – 12:20 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Doc Rivers reaching out to Ben Simmons pic.twitter.com/oZn2DFgY2B12:19 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Ben Simmons insists he’ll never play for 76ers again nba.nbcsports.com/2021/09/21/rep…12:18 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
It’s disappointing to see the Ben Simmons era end this way. So much talent, really an elite defender and playmaker, but it’s also on him to add to his game and the refusal to take any jumpers is something that will hold him back. – 12:16 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Would the 76ers entertain Draymond Green in a trade package for Ben Simmons at all? – 12:11 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Ben Simmons sank the 76ers’ championship hopes by refusing to shoot & has now tanked his trade value by refusing to show up. He has some legit gripes about being thrown under the bus after his flop but Philly won’t forgive him for running from accountability for his own failings. – 12:04 PM

The Jump @_Talkin_NBA
When will Ben Simmons be traded?
#NBATwitter12:02 PM

Kane Pitman @KanePitman
To me, the height of the silliness when it comes to Ben Simmons slander is when we talk about not wanting to trade one of the Sacramento guys for him. You’re talking about a guy who has been an all-star in three of four seasons and is an all-world defender. – 12:00 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
It appears that Ben Simmons’ time in Philadelphia will be coming to a close pretty soon #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/09/21/rep… via @SixersWire11:57 AM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
In light of the latest Woj tweets, it’s a good time to bump this morning’s reporting from me on Ben Simmons, the team’s stance on trading him, and their expectation that some sort of holdout was certainly coming phillyvoice.com/ben-simmons-la…11:47 AM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
The Sixers organization probably could have handled this Ben Simmons situation worse. Maybe flying a plane over Philly with a banner that says “we hate you, Ben” or some such. – 11:46 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
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. – 11:43 AM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Tuesday editions of my NBA newsletter, as they were throughout their NYT incarnation, are always free.
Today’s drops between noon and 1 ET, covers all the latest in the Ben Simmons saga and will land direct in your inbox if you sign up with an email here: marcstein.substack.com11:08 AM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
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@dramil13 and I debate the top players ready to take a leap in the 2021-22 season.
Can Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell reach another level?
Plus, the latest on Ben Simmons!
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Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
New from me — reporting on the distance between what the Sixers want and what Ben Simmons wants, why a trade hasn’t gotten done (and might not until the market changes), and more on their outlook heading into this season:
phillyvoice.com/ben-simmons-la…8:57 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New @FrontOfficeShow is up! @Trevor_Lane and I talk Ben Simmons, Marc Gasol, Warriors workouts, overseas signings and more! Watch, like, subscribe and tell a friend. We passed 10K in subs and we’re chasing after 15K now!
youtu.be/T3asioxJnJQ6:30 PM

Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
For those wondering, Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey from #Sixers to #Rockets for John Wall works cap-wise. – 4:49 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Ben Simmons still planning to hold out, 76ers trying to change his mind nba.nbcsports.com/2021/09/20/rep…4:07 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Ben Simmons will choose not to report to the team’s training camp? sportando.basketball/en/ben-simmons…1:27 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The expectation remains, one week out from 76ers media day, that Ben Simmons will choose not to report to the team’s training camp, league sources say. But the Sixers, sources say, remain intent on trying to convince Simmons to report.
More NBA from me at marcstein.substack.com1:08 PM

More on this storyline

I was told very clearly that the Sixers do not liken these circumstances to Al Horford’s last season in Oklahoma City or John Wall’s in Houston. As the start of training camp draws near, Philadelphia has shown zero interest to date in striking the sort of mutual agreement that Wall and the Rockets just hatched to shelve the former All-Star point guard. -via marcstein.substack.com / September 21, 2021

Complicating matters with that caveat of right now, of course, is the reality that the Sixers also do not appear close to a trade they are willing to go through with that gives Simmons his desired fresh start. More than two months after posting one of my Tuesday newsletter extravaganzas on Substack for the first time on July 13 — also a breakdown, on that occasion, of the latest on the Simmons front — Philadelphia looks no closer to a trade to bring an end to this stalemate. -via marcstein.substack.com / September 21, 2021

Weeks of Philadelphia’s Simmons talks with various teams haven’t brought the Sixers to the brink of a deal, largely because Morey is the one faced with trying to get commensurate value for his All-Star and still asking for so much in return in his determination to recoup a trade package that, as one source put it, keeps Philadelphia in title contention. History, however, says that Philadelphia’s president of basketball operations shouldn’t count on getting a glittering package back when a deal finally materializes — his own history. -via marcstein.substack.com / September 21, 2021