After requesting offseason commerce, Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons will not be at coaching camp

As anticipated, Ben Simmons is not going to report back to the Philadelphia 76ers once they open coaching camp on Tuesday.

Crew president Daryl Morey mentioned there’s nonetheless hope Simmons will return to the Sixers in some unspecified time in the future. Coach Doc Rivers mentioned nobody has defended Simmons greater than he has and can enter camp “with hopes that we do have Ben in some unspecified time in the future.”

Simmons, the No. 1 decide of the 2016 draft and a three-time All-Star, requested a commerce within the offseason.

He took the brunt of the blame for the top-seeded Sixers’ second-round exit in final season’s playoffs. He shot 34% from the free throw line within the postseason and was reluctant to aim a shot from anyplace on the ground late in video games. That led to him spending vital minutes on the bench.

Simmons has $147 million and 4 years left on his contract. Simmons may very well be suspended or fined for every day he misses camp.

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