Philadelphia and coach Doc Rivers are in talks with Ben Simmons’ agent over player’s return to NBA franchise “From this week”, affirms Monday the American channel ESPN. The Australian star is expected to resume dialogue with club management, which he has not done since the end of August.
The 25-year-old point guard, who arrived in Philadelphia in 2016, recently asked to leave the club and warned executives he would not show up to preseason training camp, angering fellow star teammate Joel Embiid. of the franchise. “The situation is disappointing, it is borderline a lack of respect for all the guys who fight in the team as if their life depended on it”, reacted the Cameroonian at the end of September.
“I miss him, I’ve always defended him. I like the way he plays ”
The future of Simmons in Philadelphia has taken a lead in the wing since the semifinals of the Eastern Conference of the play-offs lost against Atlanta (3-4) to everyone’s surprise, last June. His poor performance in the last minutes of Game 7 was particularly singled out. The 76ers coach has since defended his player: “I miss him, I’ve always defended him. I like the way he plays ”Rivers said.
ESPN adds that franchise chairman Daryl Morey and Rivers “Now hope to convince Simmons to stay in Philadephie for the long term”.