Doc Rivers Wants Ben Simmons To Stay With The 76ers

LOS ANGELES - JUL 30: Doc Rivers at the Clayton Kershaw's 3rd Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose at the Dodger Stadium on July 30, 2015in Los Angeles, CA

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The biggest storyline of the NBA offseason has been Ben Simmons and his inevitable departure from the Philadelphia 76ers. Today, 76ers head coach Doc Rivers sat down to chat with ESPN’s First Take about the situation involving Ben Simmons and the team. Here’s what coach Rivers had to say on the matter:

Rivers said the news about Simmons telling the organization he wants out is indeed true. Simmons has been dissatisfied with the organization since the seasons’ end. The 76ers finished the NBA regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Their playoff run was less than ideal as the team took a second-round exit to the surging Atlanta Hawks. In the wake of the series loss, Simmons dealt with most of the scrutiny about the playoff series. The damage seems to be done, but that doesn’t mean Rivers doesn’t want to see his former All-Star point guard return to Philadelphia.

Rivers can wish to have Simmons all he wants this season, but it seems Simmons has already drawn his line in the sand. Simmons will not be reporting to training camp next week, as the pressure now seems to be mounting on the organization. This breakup could be exactly what both sides need. A fresh start can sometimes lead to better things. Simmons wearing another jersey next season seems like it’s already a done deal.

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