The city of Philadelphia received an unexpected surprise on Monday night when Ben Simmons, after months of radio silence and intense drama, pulled up to the Wells Fargo Center to rejoin the 76ers.
It was a stunning development for Philly fans and NBA fans around the country, but no one was more shocked than the Sixers themselves. As it turns out, Simmons showed up to the arena without even telling the team he was coming back, and general manager Elton Brand only found out when he received a text that his All-Star point guard was outside waiting to be let in.
The Simmons saga just continues to get weirder and weirder.
Ben Simmons shockingly returns to the 76ers
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers shake hands after a game against the Brooklyn Nets | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
For much of the 2021 offseason, Simmons had been camping out in Los Angeles as he awaited a trade from the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2016. Simmons requested a trade from the 76ers back in June, and he hadn’t been in direct contact with the front office ever since.
The three-time All-Star remained in California through the first two weeks of the preseason in hopes that a deal would come to fruition before the season. He reportedly stated that he wouldn’t be reporting back to the team until a trade was in place. However, Simmons’ trade value plummeted to such a low point that the Sixers would only be getting worse if they accepted even the best offer on the table right now.
So, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey called Simmons’ bluff by deciding not to trade him at all. And after a lengthy staredown, Simmons finally folded his hand.
On Monday night, Simmons flew back to Philadelphia and took a COVID-19 test inside the Wells Fargo Center to start the process of rejoining the team for the 2021-22 season, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Sixers fans thought Simmons’ career in Philly was dead and buried, so they were understandably shocked by the breaking news.
Even the 76ers front office was caught off guard by his arrival.
Ben Simmons didn’t tell the 76ers he was showing up on Monday night
Joined @NotthefakeSVP on Ben Simmons and a wild day in Philadelphia pic.twitter.com/UQp6Q2Z3HM
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 12, 2021
In maybe the most stunning twist of this bizarre story, Simmons kept his Monday journey to Philadelphia a secret from everyone in the 76ers organization. The players and coaches were in the middle of a preseason game when Simmons showed up, so they didn’t find out about the news until after the final buzzer.
In his postgame press conference, head coach Doc Rivers said his only knowledge of the situation came from Wojnarowski’s report.
“I’m gonna call Woj and find out what’s going on,” Rivers joked.
Wojnarowski later appeared on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt and revealed that not even the …read more
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