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Doc Rivers and Daryl Morey maintain they want Ben Simmons back as a Sixer

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To open Monday’s Media Day, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers and president of basketball operations Daryl Morey conducted a joint presser, which largely centered on Ben Simmons and his absence from the organization.

Both Rivers and Morey reiterated they would like to see Simmons back as a member of the team. Morey expressed “a lot of optimism” about the ability to repair disconnect between Simmons and the team. “We expect him back. We expect him to be a 76er.”

Morey declined to discuss the specifics of any potential fines levied against Simmons as a result of his holdout, but said “It’s pretty, very clearly spelled out in the CBA and his contract what happens.”

Morey said Simmons’ representatives approached the front office shortly after the season concluded asking for a trade.

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