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Philadelphia 76ers making progress in talks with Ben Simmons on return, sources say



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Simmons could soon speak with team officials, something he hasn’t done directly since a late August meeting in Los Angeles when he reiterated his desire to be traded, sources told ESPN.

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He has become more open to the possibility of ending his time away from the team and reporting to Philadelphia, sources said.

Those trade talks would likely continue with Simmons’ return, but Sixers president Daryl Morey and Rivers are hopeful to continue working to convince Simmons on remaining long-term with the franchise, sources said.

Simmons will have lost $1 million in salary once he misses Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

He has four years and $147 million left on his max contract, including $33 million for 2021-22.

Simmons asked for a trade in the immediate aftermath of Philadelphia’s Game 7 loss at home to the Atlanta Hawks – in which Simmons infamously passed out of a wide-open dunk with less than four minutes to go that would’ve tied the score.

Morey has said the Sixers weren’t interested in doing a trade right after the season, and reiterated the only moves the team will make – including a potential Simmons trade – will be made only if they help Philadelphia’s pursuit of a championship.

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