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Report: Sixers teammates wanted to meet with Ben Simmons, he turned them away

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Following reports that Ben Simmons had not spoken to his 76ers teammates in weeks and plans to hold out of training camp, a number of teammates wanted to fly out and talk with him in person but were told not by members of the Simmons camp not to bother, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Philadelphia 76ers players wanted to travel to Los Angeles this week to meet with Ben Simmons and spend time convincing their All-Star teammate to commit to the 2021-22 season with them, but they were informed not to come and that Simmons did not want to meet, sources tell The Athletic. Multiple sources said Simmons didn’t want his teammates, some of whom he considers friends, to make the Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles commute out of courtesy because he won’t change his mind on wanting a trade. The veterans on the 76ers realize how rare that opportunity is and understandably don’t want to squander the chance, which is why they wanted to talk to Simmons.

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