Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer all but confirmed that Simmons and Rivers’ issues, which stem from the Game 7 comments, are the root of Simmons’ issues with the team. “Ben Simmons knows that, so they are saying why should we help the 76ers out when they feel like when Doc Rivers said what he said, nobody apologized, and Doc was never reprimanded.”
Basically, Simmons feels slighted over Rivers’ postgame comments.
The Sixers can still get solid value out of a Simmons trade, but Daryl Morey is slowly starting to approach lose-lose territory. Not only is Simmons’ value lower than ever after his disappointing second-round showing in the playoffs, but the Sixers lose leverage as Simmons holds out and shows he’s willing to avoid suiting up for the 76ers as long as he’s on the roster.