Report: Ben Simmons unlikely to work out for any teams pre-draft

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Ben Simmons, the player widely expected to be selected with the first overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, is unlikely to take part in any pre-draft workouts ahead of the big night next Thursday.

This is according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey who spoke recently with 76ers president of basketball operation Bryan Colangelo.

With the Philadelphia franchise having the number one overall pick they have been trying to get a private workout scheduled with the LSU product, but that now seems unlikely:

"It’s not a red flag,” Colangelo said, via the Inquirer. “Everybody deals with the draft process differently.

"Sometimes agents are involved. Sometimes families are involved in those decisions. Again, everything we get in respect to our intel that it relates to Ben, is he would very much like to be selected number one.”

The report also suggests that Simmons has no plans to work out with the Los Angeles Lakers - the team with the second pick of the 2016 Draft.

As things stand, Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram are the consensus names to go first and second overall at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York next week.

The Sixers did work out Ingram as part of the pre-draft process and Colangelo described him as "a silky-smooth small forward."

While Simmons' decision to not to conduct private workouts may surprise some fans, it shouldn't set alarm bells ringing and, in fact, puts him in familiar company when it comes to Philadelphia's roster.

The franchise did not have an individual workout with any of; Nerlens Noel (sixth overall, 2013), Joel Embiid (third overall, 2014), or Jahlil Okafor (third overall, 2015).

Incredibly unlikely to fall beyond the Lakers at number two, Simmons' suitors will already have more than enough scout reports, game footage and data on the 19-year-old Australian as they prepare to make their decision.

Through the 2016 college season - his only campaign in NCAA basketball - Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the LSU Tigers.

His performances saw the likes of Magic Johnson place him alongside LeBron James in terms of talent at his age, and he is believed to have the highest ceiling of any of this year's draft class.

While the forward's stock may have fallen a little in recent times in part due to his school's absence from the 2016 NCAA Tournament and Ingram's own rise, his decision to remain at his Klutch Sports Group base in Cleveland is unlikely to have any long-lasting impact on when he hears Adam Silver call his name.

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