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Ben Simmons was the butt of the joke after Kevin Durant's trade request

Joshua Rogers July 1, 2022
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After Kevin Durant’s trade request rocked the NBA world, Ben Simmons was once again the butt of many online jokes.

Ben Simmons last played during the 2020-21 season when he was part of the Philadelphia 76ers. He last suited up during the 76ers’ Eastern Conference semi-final Game 7 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks, when he infamously passed up an open dunk.

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Since then, 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. All was looking positive until Kevin Durant dropped the bombshell he wanted out of Brooklyn.

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KD requests trade from Nets

Yesterday (June 30), Kevin Durant dropped an all-timer on the NBA by requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The 33 year-old is a two-time Finals MVP, two-time MVP, 12-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA first team selection, and is one of the greatest players ever.

Having said that, his time in Brooklyn has been an unmitigated disaster. Last year they were the championship favorites but were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

Per multiple reports, Phoenix and Miami are his two preferred destinations but it remains to be seen where he lands.

Just hours before, Simmons said he was feeling great

Just hours before the bombshell, Simmons offered optimism about his return, saying he was “feeling incredible” after being cleared to start rehab following back surgery.

He posted an image on his Instagram story in which he’s sitting in front of his Nets locker. He captioned it: “Feeling incredible.”

Ben Simmons trolled on Twitter after KD drama

While he may have been feeling incredible yesterday afternoon, Simmons is bound to have been deflated by KD’s trade request.

The bombshell means Durant and Simmons will never get the chance to play together in Brooklyn, and with Kyrie Irving also likely to leave the organization, it means Simmons has been left in the lurch.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter had jokes about Ben Simmons amid the Durant trade bombshell, as it seems the 25-year-old just can’t catch a break:

Nets expected to keep Simmons

Many wondered whether this could mean Simmons would also be traded. However, per Sam Amick of The Athletic, 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.”

It’s not all doom and gloom for Simmons as the Nets will likely receive a decent package for Durant and Irving. However, it’s highly unlikely they’ll be the contenders he thought he was being traded to.

Where do you think the Nets will finish next season? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.