The Brooklyn Nets are in turmoil right now following Kevin Durant’s trade request and Kyrie Irving reportedly wanting out. Amid the drama, Ben Simmons just deleted his Instagram account.
Ben Simmons has endured a difficult few years in the NBA. The former LSU man last played during the 2020-21 season when he was part of the Philadelphia 76ers.
That game was the 76ers’ infamous Eastern Conference semi-final Game 7 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks, when he passed up an open dunk down the stretch.
Ben Simmons just deleted his Instagram
The Australian has often been on the receiving end of online ridicule for some time now, and it seems he has had enough.
On Sunday 3 July, fans noticed that Ben Simmons had deleted his Instagram account. His account @bensimmons has 6.4m followers but when fans tried to go on it earlier today it said ‘no posts yet’ and ‘sorry, this page isn’t available.’
Fans reacted online
Fans noticed that Ben Simmons had deleted his Instagram account and reacted online:
He recently shared that he was “feeling incredible”
Last season the Australian was part of a blockbuster trade that saw him swapped for Brooklyn Nets star James Harden. However, despite being traded before the February deadline, Simmons missed the entire 2021-22 season because of a back injury. He watched on from the sidelines as his new team were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
The point forward underwent back surgery in May, and has started his rehab ahead of the 2022-23 season. Just hours before the news broke that Kevin Durant wanted out of Brooklyn, Simmons provided an update on his status.
He posted an image on his Instagram story in which he’s sitting in front of his Nets locker. He captioned it: “Feeling incredible.
Simmons could be joined by Russell Westbrook
Sam Amick of The Athletic reports the Nets have no plans to trade the Aussie.
“Source close to the situation tells @TheAthletic the Nets are expected to keep Ben Simmons,” Amick wrote on Twitter. “Some had rightfully wondered if there would be a ripple effect here on the 25-year-old’s Nets future.”
However, there are reports that Kyrie Irving could be traded for Russell Westbrook, meaning a potential Nets backcourt of Simmons and Westbrook.
Needless to say it’s not exactly an exciting proposition for fans:
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