Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill breaks down the latest report in the standoff between the All-Star and Philadelphia — as Simmons reportedly says he will never play for the team again.
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VINCENT GOODWILL: It's no surprise that Ben Simmons will not show up to Philadelphia 76ers training camp next week. It's not even a surprise that he hasn't been traded yet, as this relationship has soured dating back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semis against the Atlanta Hawks. It's a surprise that the Philadelphia 76ers will allow this to be a distraction as camp begins. He won't be there, but the players will be asked about it every day. Doc Rivers, Daryl Morey, Joel Embiid-- everybody who's trying to turn the page for this organization will not be allowed to while he's still on the roster. He has years and plenty of money left and not a whole lot of leverage, and he will be fined heavily every day. But clearly this relationship has soured to the point that he doesn't want to be around them, and to be honest, we're not sure why they would want to be around him either.
Maybe this is player empowerment. Maybe this is just a bad relationship. But either way, both sides are tired of each other, and today's news, if we want to call it that, should come as no shock. The teams who are interested in Simmons have done their background. What they've come back on is he's Hollywood. He doesn't put the work in, which lessens his trade value even lower considering the last time we saw him play, he passed up an open dunk. That's the task for Rich Paul and Ben Simmons, to reclaim his name as one of the most dynamic two-way players in the game. Maybe it's the Golden State Warriors, maybe it's the Sacramento Kings, maybe it's a team that he can go to where he can be the third option. But we've always known that Daryl Morey will not take less. The problem is now he's going to have to, and Simmons is going to make things very uncomfortable in the meantime.