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Report: Ben Simmons still planning to hold out, 76ers trying to change his mind

76ers star Ben Simmons

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 18: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the game against the Atlanta Hawks during Round 2, Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on June 18, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Both the 76ers and Ben Simmons spent the summer trying to get him traded from Philadelphia.

Yet, no deal has happened.

So, each side has recently pivoted into a more-hardline stance. Simmons is threatening to hold out. The 76ers reportedly plan to fine him if he doesn’t report.

After that escalation, there was at least some hope tension would dissipate as both Simmons and Philadelphia made peace with the uncomfortable situation.

But as training camp approaches, neither appears to be bending.

Marc Stein:

Maybe Simmons will actually report. It’s easier to threaten to hold out than actually hold out. An actual holdout could cost him money and tarnish his reputation.

But a holdout could also hasten his departure from Philadelphia.

If he shows up, Simmons helps the 76ers on the floor and removes a sense of urgency to trade him. He allows his teammates and coaches to avoid some difficult questions. And he might improve his value after a rough postseason.

Philadelphia has gotten offers for Simmons. The 76ers just haven’t accepted one. To Simmons, Philadelphia getting underwhelming offers isn’t his problem. He just wants the team to take one.

So, there are reasons to threaten to hold out – and maybe even hold out.

However, the reasons to report will come to the forefront once training camp actually opens. At that point, it’s at least possible Simmons takes a different tact.