Ben Simmons is going to be a Sixer. It’s all but confirmed now. The Colangelos, who run basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Brett Brown and other team officials are expected to fly to Cleveland in the coming week to watch Simmons train in his private facility.
Simmons has avoided private workout sessions with both the Sixers and the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the second pick in the forthcoming NBA Draft. A few weeks back, a source hinted that Simmons would fly to Los Angeles to train with the Lakers. But as of this writing, there are no such plans.
Ben Simmons camp geared up for Sixers
In recent weeks, there have been a flurry of reports about Simmons preferring to fall No. 2 to the Lakers. And while there is some truth to that theory, the Intelligencer reported Tuesday that the Simmons camp has been preparing to go Philadelphia since the draft lottery last month.
“Agent Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James, John Wall and others, “has been preparing for his client to go to Philadelphia from the moment the Sixers got the” top selection in the May 17 draft lottery, according to the source,” writes Sixers reporter Tom Moore, before adding that Simmons would avoid making any public comments about his draft preference.
Since winning the draft lottery, Sixers have attended workouts featuring top prospects such as Brandon Ingram, Jamaal Murray, Buddy Hield, Thon Maker and Kris Dunn. According to Moore, Sixers are still hoping to call up both Ingram and Simmons to Philadelphia for private sessions. “The Sixers have watched Ingram work out in New York and plan to travel to Cleveland to see Simmons. They also hope to get both players to visit here.”
Nike deal won’t play a part…
Earlier on Tuesday, Simmons announced his decision to sign a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike. Last month, The Vertical reported that Simmons would prefer going to L.A. to fetch a more lucrative shoe deal. However, the Intelligencer has countered that theory, suggesting that Simmons would be happy being a member of the Nike family while playing in Philadelphia.
“Simmons’ camp supposedly favors the Lakers, who possess the No. 2 overall selection. The warm climate, the Lakers’ history and the chance for more endorsement opportunities in Los Angeles than Philadelphia are supposedly among the reasons.
But a source close to Simmons said Tuesday that the former LSU star “never said anything about L.A., a shoe deal, or wanting to play or sign anywhere,” added the report.
Ben Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds. 4.8 assists and 2 steals during his one-and-done season at LSU. Lakers legend Magic Johnson has hailed Simmons as the best draft prospect since LeBron James. And according to many scouts, Simmons will live up to the hype.