Report: Ben Simmons demanded trade from 76ers to be the focal point on another team
As more details continue to emerge, it looks like a Ben Simmons exit was destined from the start. Kevin O’Connor recently released a report that revealed some more information on the trade demand from the 76ers’ star and what exactly caused it. According to O’Connor, Simmons wasn’t motivated to demand a trade due to Doc Rivers or Joel Embiid’s comments but to become the star of his own team.
“League sources say the primary motivation for Klutch Sports’ aggressive holdout is to steer him to a team built around him on offense. No matter the roster makeup in Philly, he will only ever be no. 2 as long as Embiid is healthy.”
During their meeting, Ben Simmons didn’t reveal this reasoning to the 76ers, with Doc Rivers willing to cater to Simmons’ strengths this upcoming season. According to the article, the plan was for Simmons to have his own lineup where he would start at the five in a Giannis-esque role, which is what he is looking for. Another comparison would be Russell Westbrook in Houston with four shooters around him, opening the lane.
Despite the proposal, Simmons was not interested despite the fact that he liked an Instagram post suggesting the idea. If Ben Simmons wants the offense to be catered to him it’s very evident that he does not want to develop his game on offense and continues to be a one-dimensional player.
When discussing a potential timeline for a trade, O’Connor thinks it could take longer than many think. Philadelphia is hopeful Simmons will eventually return, while the best timing for a deal would be after December 15th so recently signed players can be moved. Ben Simmons skipped the first two days of training camp and is willing to be penalized over $1.3 million for missing the entirety of camp, according to reports.
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