Ben Simmons won’t play for Australia within the FIBA World Cup this summer season.
The 76ers star is specializing in making ready for the 2019-20 season with Philadelphia as an alternative, his agent Wealthy Paul informed ESPN on Saturday.
Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is “doubtful” to play for Australia within the FIBA World Cup this summer season, his agent Wealthy Paul tells ESPN. Simmons is extra probably now to spend his full offseason making ready just for the Sixers season — freed from nationwide group tasks.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2019
Simmons, 22, mentioned he would journey to China to take part on this yr’s match again in May, nevertheless it seems like he is reneged on that promise.
The 76ers chosen Simmons with the No. 1 decide within the 2016 NBA Draft and he is performed a big position within the group’s resurgence as an outsized, do-it-all playmaker.
Philadelphia put collectively one of the vital gifted beginning lineups in basketball final season, that includes Simmons, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. However its 51-31 report ranked third within the Jap Convention.
The 76ers misplaced Butler and Redick this summer season, however acquired Josh Richardson and Al Horford, giving them super defensive potential. It is clear they’re centered on profitable now, and Kawhi Leonard becoming a member of the Clippers provides them a greater probability of doing that this yr, as they fell the Raptors in seven video games within the postseason.