The players have been focusing on what they can control. The players are going to have to answer questions about Simmons until the situation is resolved and that can cause distractions.
This is not the first time this has happened with a star player requesting a trade. Harden was a bit of a distraction before being moved to the Brooklyn Nets.
Kelly Iko and Jon Krawcyznski of The Athletic interviewed players and front office members of those respective teams at the time of each superstar exit, and one Timberwolves player had some advice:
“I would just tell them, you know all the media, all the questions on media day and in every media availability that will happen moving forward will be about the situation,” said one former Timberwolves player who was on the team when Butler orchestrated his exit in 2018.