Philadelphia – Ben Siemens will not report to the Philadelphia 76ers’ training camp next week and would like to continue his NBA career with another team.
The man spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because discussions with the franchise about Siemens’ plans have been private. ESPN previously reported that Siemens would not report.
Siemens, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, is a three-time All-Star, paired with Joel Embed as the cornerstone of the franchise as the Sixers chase their first NBA Championship since 1983.
However, Siemens claimed the top-seeded Sixers were eliminated in the second round of last season’s playoffs. Siemens shot 34% from the free-throw line in the playoffs and was reluctant to take a shot from anywhere on the floor late in the game. Because of this he spent critical minutes on the bench.
Siemens has just completed its first year of a 17 177 million deal.
Simmons scored 25 off 34 (34) in the playoffs and lost 27 in the second round against the Atlanta Hawks. He is the 3-point shooter of 34 careers for 5 in four NBA seasons.
Asked if Siemens could still be a point guard for the championship after losing Game 7, coach Doc Reverse said he had no answer.
Embed also pointed the finger at Siemens for the loss, with comments apparently creating a rift that would cause the 25-year-old Australian guard to never play for the Sixers again.
The 76ers will have a Media Day on Monday, the next day a training camp will open at their complex in Camden, New Jersey.