Ben Simmons has turned his back on the Philadelphia 76ers, which is a shocking development for the team. The Sixers are now left with Markelle Fultz and JJ Redick as their two best players, but they have no choice but to move forward without Simmons because he’s not going to play for them.
Ben Simmons is a professional basketball player who has been playing for the Philadelphia 76ers since 2016. Recently, he has made headlines for turning away his teammates when they tried to help him with his shot. It is believed that this signals the end of his time in Philadelphia.
Ben Simmons snubs his teammates, signaling the end of his time in Philadelphia.
Ben Simmons, a bricklayer for the Philadelphia 76ers, is not endearing himself to anybody. He is steadfast in his desire to leave the City of Brotherly Affection, yet he shows no love for his colleagues. It’s one thing to ask for a trade; it’s quite another to throw such a public hissy fit that your trade value unavoidably plummets.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski claimed earlier this week that Simmons had no intention of ever playing for the team and would sit out training camp. Simmons and 76ers management met in August to discuss his future, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and that’s when Simmons said he’d never return. This comes on the heels of a 2024 playoff series that Philly should have won if not for Simmons’ 9.9 points per game and 33.3 percent field-goal percentage, with just 14 shots in the last three games. His career statistics aren’t good enough to justify such diva behavior (no adult man should behave like this anyhow), as he averaged 15.9 points per game, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game, all of which were better than his 2024-2024 totals. Ben is perilously close to becoming a “bust” considering he was the first overall selection in 2016. His destiny may already be sealed based on his conduct with his colleagues.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, many 76ers players traveled to Simmons’ house in Los Angeles to speak with him, but he told them that they were not welcome and sent them away. Joel Embiid (who was critical of Simmons’ Atlanta debacle), Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle were among the players expected to go across the nation to woo him back. This is the height of disrespect, and how can you transfer a player to a club after something like this? You can’t retain him since he refuses to play. You could trade him for pennies on the dollar, but his maximum deal is still four years and $147 million, so if someone wants to take a chance on a prima donna, a substantial portion of it will be kept. The Minnesota Timberwolves have shown interest in the most Timberwolves move of the minute, as a result of the office shakeup.
In between weeping bouts about a criminal being shot, head coach Doc Rivers had this to say on “First Take” (not that anybody has watched it, have you seen the ratings since Kellerman was booted?
“I mean, it was a nice discussion, and he offered us arguments with which we clearly disagreed. We’ll always do what’s best for the team, but I can tell you right now that we’d love to have Ben back, and if we can’t, we’ll try. Ben’s contract is for a long time. We have it in our possession, and we want him back.”
Thanks, Doc; you’re really taking command of a chaotic locker room. Be more like Shaq, who remarked of his playoff performance, “Be more like Shaq.”
“What do you think I’ll do in Game 3 if I’ve already played Games 1 and 2 and know I’m not assisting my teammates? I don’t need seven games to figure out that I don’t want to hear that guy. It doesn’t take seven games to realize you’re not playing correctly; correct yourself. He wasn’t double-teamed; all I ask is that he be proactive. Stop. I don’t want to hear all of it. I would have kicked his ass out if he had been in my locker room. “Get out of my face with that; I don’t want to hear it.”
Shaq then reminded the TNT panel of his many titles.
Look, Ben’s half-brother and sister’s strange tales may be weighing heavily on his mind. But it’s unacceptable to insult a company that has put up with your poor performance for so long and to treat your teammates like a ball at the Charity Stripe. Hopefully, the Sixers can move on from this; they’re good at moving self-absorbed guards in tight circumstances, so let’s hope Daryl Morey and the Philadelphia front office can do it again for the sake of everyone’s sanity.
The ben simmons trade to warriors is a story that broke on the morning of February 8th, 2019. Ben Simmons had just finished his rookie season with Philadelphia 76ers and he was traded to Golden State Warriors.