We last heard from Ben Simmons in late August that he “doesn’t want to be a sixer anymore and doesn’t want to report to training camp.” Tensions escalated on Tuesday as ESPN’s Adrian Wozniacki reported that Simmons had informed the team that he would never play for the team again. Earlier rumors in the report also confirmed that he would not report to the training camp.
This is the latest episode in a series of commercial reports and rumors following Philadelphia’s disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
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If we’re being honest, the general scottlebot extends far behind his long-term prestige in Philadelphia, even predicting rumors from James Harden at the start of last season.
However, it can be difficult to keep reports straight during the seemingly endless flow of news over the past few months.
Here is a timeline of all the news and reports related to Ben Simmons coming out early in the post-season.
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Timeline of Ben Simmons Trade Report
June 20, 2021 – The 76ers lost to the Hawks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, ending their season.
June 21, 2021 – Brian Windhurst of ESPN Simmons has reported that the Tokyo Olympics will be “suspicious” for Australia to play for Australia and that the offseason will spend on “skill development”.
June 24, 2021 – ESPN’s Adrian Wozniacki reports that Clutch Sports CEO Rich Paul met with Darrell Moore, president of Basketball Operations 76ers, and general manager Elton Brand “to begin evaluating the next steps in the Simmons Sixers career.” Wojnarowski added that no trade was requested and the 76ers “committed to keeping Simmons as a central part of their franchise.”
June 28, 2021 – Basketball Australia has announced that Simmons has officially withdrawn from the Australian Olympic team.
July 13, 2021 – The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that 76 people have opened “commercial conversations” around Simmons and have been involved with the teams.
July 13, 2021 – Mark Stein of Substack writes The 76ers insisted they would “not rush or put pressure on Simmons Trading.” Some “familiar suitors” for The Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors Simon, per Stein.
July 28, 2021 – 2021 NBA draft front, ESPN’s Adrian Uznarowski Reported that the 76ers were “promoting the league” for the Simmons trade. Simmons and Paul are said to be “in step with moving elsewhere.”
August 2, 2021 -The David Aldridge of The Athletic reports that 76 Simmons are looking for at least four future first-round picks and “all-star-level players in most (but not all) situations.”
August 17, 2021 – Bleacher Report’s Jake Fisher reports that “there is an overwhelming feeling among league insiders that Simmons is expected to have sixes after opening training camp for now” unless Damien Lillard changes the temperature in Portland.
August 30, 2021 – The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that the 76ers have yet to “reach the boundaries of a deal” since opening commercial conversations around Simmons. Nonetheless, expectations remain among rival executives that it will কখন if not-Simmons trade, although 76 people have told the team that they feel comfortable bringing him back in the 2021-22 season. Charania noted to the Timberwolves and Raptors that the teams had 76 “extensive discussions with them.”
August 31, 2021 – According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons told Philadelphia that he “doesn’t want to be a sixer anymore and doesn’t want to report to training camp.”
September 21, 2021 – ESPN’s Adrian Uznarowski Has reported that Simmons will not report to the training camp of the 76ers and never wants to play for the franchise again. Simmons did not speak to the team in late August when he conveyed the message.