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Doc Rivers on Ben Simmons: “We want him back.” That’s not happening.

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How comfortable are the 76ers – not just GM Daryl Morey, but more importantly owner Josh Harris – with being uncomfortable?

How comfortable will Ben Simmons be with sitting out and not playing in training camp and maybe to start the season – with fines mounting the entire time?

Those are the bottom line questions in the Ben Simmons trade saga as the Philadelphia 76ers prepare to head to training camp next week. Simmons has signaled his intention to hold out of training camp as he demands a trade, and the 76ers continue to expect him to show up while they look for a deal. While acknowledging Simmons told 76ers management he wanted a trade before the season, Rivers said he and the 76ers wanted Simmons back. The Sixers will begin fining Simmons for not showing up to camp starting with media day next Monday, and the money escalates from there, with the big showdown potentially coming if the 76ers deny payment of the Oct. 1 salary installment claiming “failure to perform”.

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