The Ben Simmons-Sixers state of affairs is getting extra awkward.
As either side try and discover the All-Star level guard a brand new house, Simmons is reportedly giving the chilly shoulder to Philadelphia. He has “lower off communication with mainly everybody within the Sixers group,” Jason Dumas of KRON4 Information reported Thursday, including that Simmons’ agent Wealthy Paul of Klutch Sports activities is mediating the state of affairs.
Simmons is reportedly “open” to going to the Warriors. Although, a separate report final week claimed Philadelphia and Golden State couldn’t attain an settlement on a deal.
In accordance with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey proposed a hefty supply for Simmons that included first-round picks, in addition to Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman — which the Warriors discovered laughable.
On Wednesday, Brandon Robinson of Bally Sports activities reported the Warriors and Sixers “reengaged” in commerce talks involving Simmons. The Sixers are described as “extraordinarily motivated to get this deal finished.”
As Philadelphia continues to spend the offseason purchasing Simmons round, Morey has maintained his excessive asking worth for the Australian star. However to date, he hasn’t had any luck.
Regardless of the commerce drama, Simmons is a high-caliber common season participant with defensive promise — whose resume consists of one All-NBA protection accolade and a 2018 rookie of the 12 months award.
Final season, Simmons averaged 14.3 factors, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per sport, and has proved he’s versatile sufficient to play a number of positions. Even so, the 6-foot-11 level guard’s lack of capturing is an actual downside and in the end translated into the worst playoff efficiency of his profession.
Simmons, the No. 1 general choose within the 2016 NBA Draft, has 4 years left on his $177 million contract.