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Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons skipping Tokyo Olympics to focus on developing skills

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The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons has informed the Australian Olympic basketball team that he will not participate in the Tokyo Games. Simmons scored 19 total points in the final three games of the series.

76ers coach Doc Rivers said last week that the 76ers have a plan to address Simmons’ shooting woes that will involve doing “The right work” and doing it “The right way.”

Also last week, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Sixers management and Simmons’ agent, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, met in Chicago at the pre-draft combine to begin evaluating the next steps in the 2018 Rookie of the Year’s career.

Teams have been using the Chicago pre-draft camp to gauge the Sixers’ interest in trade packages, sources told Wojnarowski, although Philadelphia remains reluctant to break up the tandem of Joel Embiid and Simmons without maximizing a return and exhausting all possibilities to improve Simmons’ offense.

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