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Things continue to spiral out of control with Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers. Over the last 24 hours, reports came out that Simmons turned away teammates from visiting him in California while liking Instagram posts claiming he wasn’t appropriately utilized. Earlier today, Danny Green released the latest episode of his podcast, “Inside the Green Room,” and gave some insight into the recent reports.
According to Green, he has not spoken to Ben Simmons this offseason but says that some of their teammates have. He also thinks that Simmons believes that the front office is in agreeance with the fanbase that they no longer want Ben Simmons in Philly, but Green thinks that’s far from the case. He also says that the roster has his back and hasn’t turned their backs on him.
“If he still considers us friends. We don’t know if that’s the case yet or not. I know he communicates with some of the guys. I haven’t been in communication with him, but I’d love to meet with him and sit down and talk just to see where his head is at. Let him know we have his back. We want him back.”
Throughout the podcast, Danny Green sounded hurt when discussing the situation but emphasized that the entire organization wants Ben Simmons back in Philadelphia, from the players to the front office. Doc Rivers has been on ESPN saying he wants Simmons back this season while Matisse Thybulle defended him on J.J. Redick’s podcast.
Green also advised Simmons not to cut everyone on the team off because there’s a chance he will have to play with them again at some point in his career. Later on, Danny also mentioned that Simmons is instrumental to his game as the point guard and facilitator. Without Simmons, he will be worn down quicker as the primary defender but said he is up to the challenge.
Danny Green has been very vocal about the entire standoff throughout the offseason, giving his opinion on Simmons’ mindset on his offensive gameplan. Tyrese Maxey, a fellow Klutch client, is at least one 76ers teammate that we know has been in touch with Ben Simmons this offseason. Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle led the group that attempted to go to California this week, but there’s no word if they have been in contact with him or not.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer