Several players on the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to fly to Los Angeles this week to meet with Ben Simmons with the hopes of persuading him to join the team as training camp is set to begin, but they were informed not to come and that he did not want to meet.
Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle were among the players to travel to Los Angeles. Some of those teammates he considers friends, but he didn't want them to make the trip out of courtesy because he won't change his mind on wanting a trade from the 76ers.
Simmons has mentally checked out as a member of the 76ers.
The 76ers have not received an offer they deem enough to move Simmons and the franchise has wanted him back. Simmons has $147 million over four years remaining on his contract.