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On Tuesday, an hour or so after ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski reiterated that Simmons doesn’t ever want to play for the Sixers again and is still planning on holding out, Simmons took to his Instagram story to troll Sixers fans and NBA fans alike. Amid the swirling “Simmons for John Wall?” speculation (which, no), Simmons posted an eight-second clip of himself in a gym with Wall to his account, featuring Wall yelling for Simmons to leave him alone:

I was told very clearly that the Sixers do not liken these circumstances to Al Horford’s last season in Oklahoma City or John Wall’s in Houston. As the start of training camp draws near, Philadelphia has shown zero interest to date in striking the sort of mutual agreement that Wall and the Rockets just hatched to shelve the former All-Star point guard.
Storyline: Ben Simmons Trade?
Right now, the Rockets have 14 fully guaranteed contracts for the season. Khryi Thomas, Armoni Brooks, Dante Exum and Daishen Nix are on non-guaranteed contracts. Matthew Hurt and Anthony Lamb are Houston’s designated two-way players. So how will the depth chart look like when camp officially opens next week? Before we dive in, there are a few things to note. This year’s group will spend time both in Houston and Galveston for camp, sources tell The Athletic. In past seasons, the Rockets have traveled to areas like Lake Charles, La., the Bahamas and Las Vegas.
Silas should have no trouble with ballhandling and half-court execution with names like Porter, Green and House on the floor together — Tate and Wood aren’t scrubs in that department, either. House also improved defensively last season even while taking a step back offensively (statistically speaking). He already has the upper hand heading into camp. Recently, he’s been developing on-court chemistry with Green. The Rockets have been hosting intra-roster scrimmages for the past few weeks, and sources say the Green-House-Sengun-Lamb team has been dominating. Green and House have played well off each other, which bodes well for the weeks ahead.