76ers head coach Doc Rivers talked about his efforts in trying to bring back Ben Simmons. Trade speculation has cast a large shadow over the team and may continue to do so well into next season. Despite that, Rivers wants to have his team at full strength. The 76ers coach opened up on how the discussions have gone.
“There’s times that I think we’re getting through. And there’s times that I think that I’m talking to people who still believe Trump won the election. So I’m not sure, but I’m going to keep trying.”Doc Rivers
With that said, the situation appears to remain mired in uncertainty. Recent reports stated that Simmons intends to never play again for the 76ers. Whether Rivers and company can remedy that stance can only be discovered in time.
Ben Simmons’ fallout in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia 76ers’ main goal this offseason was to offload their point guard. His lowly performance in the postseason has brought about a great deal of criticism sent his way. Doc Rivers himself appeared to have voiced some doubt in Ben Simmons on the team’s way out.
Rivers has since said that his words were misrepresented. Regardless, the conversations surrounding the situation have pertained to when the team would trade Simmons ever since then. Fast forward to today, and things have only worsened.
Both parties involved wish to move on from one another, but a trade has yet to materialize. With Ben Simmons refusing to report to camp, the team may experience a greater compromise in trade talks. Per reports, Philadelphia has yet to receive a fair offer in their eyes. However, given the latest news regarding Simmons’ motives, the team may have lost their leverage.
The former first overall pick will enter this season in the second of his five-year, $117M deal with the 76ers. How they handle this moving forward will mean a great deal for their long-term and immediate future. It may also factor into contract negotiations across the association at large as well.