NBA all-star Ben Simmons reportedly won’t be reporting to Philadelphia 76ers’ training camp next week and may be searching for a new team to continue his NBA career, multiple news outlets reported, following the 76ers poor end to the playoffs last season, which Simmons took the brunt of the blame for.
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Simmons met with the team in late August and told team officials that he was planning to not play another game with the 76ers franchise, sources told ESPN.
This followed a disappointing playoffs game for the top-seeded 76ers in June when they were eliminated in the second-round by the Atlanta Hawks.
Fans and, reportedly, team members placed the blame on Simmons for the team’s exit after he shot 34% from the free-throw line during the playoffs and spent time on the bench after being reluctant to take shots late in games, according to AP.
This is a developing story.