KEY POINTS

  • Ben Simmons was seen at practice but hardly showed serious participation
  • Simmons was spotted with a mobile phone in his pocket during practice
  • An NBA author says Simmons would be a good fit for the Nets

Ben Simmons may be back in Philadelphia, but his heart is not there.

The sudden return of the 25-year-old is seen as nothing more than a business move, meaning an NBA trade is likely to happen at some point.

Considering the former NBA top pick made it clear that he has no plans to don a Sixers uniform again is clear enough.

But with no takers, it is clear that Philly may just be buying time and waiting for the right offer.

Simmons was spotted practicing with the Sixers recently although most questioned his commitment.

Most saw how his mobile phone was in his pocket and barely showed an interest during team huddles.

Simmons was seen casually dribbling the basketball as the 76ers put their hands in the huddle.

The whole thing was captured on video by Jamie Apody of 6 ABC Sports that was shared on Twitter.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers did not directly address the status of Simmons but said that the Aussie cager seemed to be in decent shape.

With the new NBA season set to start, Simmons is unlikely to see action for the 76ers.

Rivers prefers to wait and see, but the early signs need no further deliberation.

Several teams have been linked to Simmons, but nothing has fallen through. But in the opinion of NBA author Roland Lazenby, there is one place where Simmons could make sense and most are likely to disagree.

Lazenby shared his thoughts when he appeared on the Sports Bytes PH podcast hosted by Brian Yalung with Henry Liao and Aldrin Magnaye.

“If I were with the [Brooklyn] Nets, I would take that deal in a minute. I would think that one of the places that Ben Simmons could really fit in and help [and you guys will disagree], I think it’s Brooklyn,” the 69-year-old American journalist shared.

Lazenby backed that with an interesting tidbit, pointing out the firepower head coach Steve Nash has to work with.

“The Nets, they have firepower. All the other things he brings, you know James Harden suddenly doesn’t have to play point guard all the time,” he said.

As far as game improvement, Lazenby does not believe Simmons did not try to work and improve his jump shot as well.

“I can’t believe that [censored] didn’t really work on his shot and get better. Let’s face it, that’s fundamental basketball. You got to do and the great players have gotten better at what they need to get better at,” he explained.

Ben Simmons Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images