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Ben Simmons Tweets '๐Ÿ˜‚ Slow News Day' After Rumor He Left Nets Group Chat

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 9, 2022

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Ben Simmons has apparently heard the rumors of his unceremonious exit from the Brooklyn Nets' team group chat.

Simmons seemingly responded Tuesday to a report he angered Kevin Durant by leaving a team group chat when asked if he would be playing ahead of the Nets' Game 4 matchup against the Boston Celtics.

Ben Simmons @BenSimmons25

๐Ÿ˜‚ slow news day

Ric Bucher of Fox Sports relayed the story last week on The Herd.

"They're having a team chat before Game 4, thinking he's going to play against the Boston Celtics, and from what I'm told, Ben just left the chat," Bucher said (8:30 mark). "They asked him, 'Are you going to play?' Ben left the chat. Like he didn't even answer the question. Just left the chat. And [Kevin Durant] is like, โ€˜This is what I signed up for? This is who Iโ€™m playing with?โ€™โ€

It's important to note that Simmons did not offer any comment on the accuracy of the report.

That said, the three-time All-Star's potential duck-and-dive from his teammates is far down the list of the Nets' issues.

The franchise has Joe Tsai publicly responding to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, which stated Durant told the Nets governor he wanted coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks fired if he were to return next season.

Joe Tsai @joetsai1999

Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.

Durant's demand was the latest in a power play as the 12-time All-Star seeks to force his way out of Brooklyn. The Nets forward informed Tsai of his desire to exit the franchise in June, citing a frustration with the franchise's direction.

While the team has explored the Durant trade market, no team has been willing to meet the Nets' massive demands.

Simmons, meanwhile, has become the largely forgotten third piece of the Nets' core, quietly working on his game this summer while Durant and Kyrie Irving make headlines. If the drama of the summer is any indication of what that group chat was like, it's hard to blame Simmons for taking an exit of his own.

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