Lakers Rumors: Ben Simmons rejects workout with Sixers; Australian wants to go to Los Angeles

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Presumptive No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons has opted not to workout with the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers and rumors are swirling that he might end up with the Boston Celtics right after the NBA Draft.

Ben Simmons is believed to be the Philadelphia 76ers’ top choice for their No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, the Australian prospect has reportedly declined invitation for workouts with the team leading to the Lakers rumors that Simmons is holding hope that the Sixers pass on him so he can drop to the Los Angeles, which owns the No. 2 selection.

Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers president, is saying that they are still drafting Simmons even without seeing him in workouts but admitted that their decision on who to draft as the top pick in this year’s rookie draft “changes every day,” according to an ESPN report on Wednesday.

About over a week ago, there were reports that the Sixers are already decided on Simmons as their pick but the Australian’s decision to reject Philadelphia’s workouts could be changing the minds of the Sixers management.

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In previous weeks, there were Lakers rumors that Simmons’ decision to refuse the Sixers is part of the Simmons’ camp strategy to open the possibility that he drops to Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Colangelo is also warming up to Brandon Ingram, who is projected as either No. 1 or No. 2 in the 2016 NBA Draft.

“Brandon is everything we thought he was. Obviously in a one-on-none workout you aren’t going to learn everything about a player, but that is why we scouted a lot of basketball games, watched a lot of tape. He is a versatile forward that can handle the ball, shoot the ball. … He is a silky-smooth small forward,” Colangelo said in the same ESPN report.

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After a disappointing season, the worst in franchise history, Lakers rumors are rife as the Los Angeles team has lots of options this summer. They have the No. 2 pick in the draft as well as a salary cap space that can possibly get them two superstars this 2016 offseason.

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