It's long been speculated that LSU's Ben Simmons will go as the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center next week, but his curious habits in the workout process had put some spanners in the works.
The young Australian refused to work out with the Philadelphia 76ers, the owners of the number one pick, and for any other franchise for that matter.
The narrative that has spawned as a result of the 20-year-old's insistence to buck tradition is that he wants to force the Sixers to pick someone else, opening up the possibility for Simmons to go to the L.A. Lakers, who own the second pick.
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The only problem with that story is the fact that Simmons has made no effort to meet up with the Lakers in any capacity and doesn't look like he's going to. However, this past Thursday, he did meet with the Sixers hierarchy.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported: "Sources with knowledge of the meeting said Friday that new Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown - in the latest signal Philadelphia plans to take LSU's Simmons with the first pick in next Thursday's draft - headlined a contingent of team officials that came to Cleveland to dine with Simmons and agent Rich Paul before Thursday's game six of the NBA Finals."
In truth, Simmons has been the presumptive number one pick for quite some time now, despite facing heavy competition from Duke's Brandon Ingram in recent months.
Working out for anybody would only really hurt his stock at this stage, and it seems a lock that he is heading to Philly in light of these developments.