Ben Simmons hasn’t played a game with the Philadelphia 76ers since the team was eliminated in the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals and it doesn’t look like he’ll play another game in a Canadian uniform. 76ers. But it also doesn’t look like an exchange is set to happen anytime soon.
“There is no movement,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Tuesday of the Simmons trading market. “Look, we could be in this situation until the NBA Draft.”
The 2022 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, July 29, which means there is a real possibility that Simmons will end up watching the entire 2021-22 season from home.
Simmons, 25, was the first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and won All-Star nominations in each of the past three seasons. However, he struggled in the 2021 playoffs and was publicly criticized by 76ers coach Doc Rivers, who said he was unsure if Simmons could lead a championship team, as well as his teammate Joel Embiid, who said a bad decision from Simmons was the turning point. point in their elimination loss.
A few months later, Simmons requested to be traded from the team. While a return to the team seemed close to happening in October, it ultimately fell apart and resulted in more friction between Simmons and the 76ers.