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Report: 76ers won’t authorize Ben Simmons sitting out until trade

76ers star Ben Simmons

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 29: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates a three point basket against the Washington Wizards during Round 1, Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2021 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Thunder and Al Horford agreed he’d sit out the final seven weeks of last season. Oklahoma City then traded him to the Celtics this summer.

The Rockets and John Wall just agreed he’d sit out while both sides seek a new team for him. That could leave him sidelined all season.

The 76ers, on the other hand, have tried to convince Ben Simmons to report and reportedly plan to fine him if he doesn’t. As Simmons digs in heels in hopes of enticing a trade, don’t expect Philadelphia to approve of him sitting out.

Marc Stein:

I was told very clearly that the Sixers do not liken these circumstances to Al Horford’s last season in Oklahoma City or John Wall’s in Houston. As the start of training camp draws near, Philadelphia has shown zero interest to date in striking the sort of mutual agreement that Wall and the Rockets just hatched to shelve the former All-Star point guard.

The big difference between the 76ers and Thunder/Rockets: Philadelphia is trying to win now. Oklahoma City was tanking, and rebuilding Houston is too young to win now.

Simmons is a very good regular-season player. He can help the 76ers win until dealt, improving the seed of the roster they eventually take into the playoffs.

By playing, Simmons would also likely boost his trade value, gaining distance from last postseason’s disappointment. Horford and Wall are older players whose value is helped more by resting, not adding to their mileage.

The 76ers – like the Thunder with Horford and Rockets with Wall – want to trade Simmons. But the circumstances differ greatly.