Digest: Simmons reportedly wants out of Philadelphia | Sports

Digest: Simmons reportedly wants out of Philadelphia | Sports







Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons goes up for a dunk during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)




Ben Simmons will not report to Philadelphia 76ers’ training camp next week and prefers to continue his NBA career with another team, a person with direct knowledge of the player’s plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Simmons said after the season, “I love being in Philly.” Not anymore.

Simmons, the No. 1 pick of the 2016 draft, is a three-time All-Star who had been paired with Joel Embiid as the franchise cornerstones as the Sixers chase their first NBA championship since 1983. Simmons, though, took the brunt of the blame for the top-seeded Sixers’ second-round playoff exit in last season’s playoffs. He shot 34% from the free throw line in the postseason and was reluctant to attempt a shot from anywhere on the floor late in games. That led to him spending critical minutes on the bench.

Simmons just finished the first year of a $177 million max deal. He averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists over four seasons with the Sixers, who drafted him out of Louisiana State, where he played only one season.

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