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Ben Simmons to sit out World Cup, but will play warm-up games

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16th July, 2019
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Ben Simmons has ruled out playing for the Boomers at the World Cup but says he’ll return to Australia to be involved in the pre-tournament exhibition games in Perth and Melbourne.

On the day the Philadelphia 76ers confirmed Simmons had signed the richest deal ever by an Australian athlete – a five-year contract extension worth $US170 million ($A242m) – the 22-year-old confirmed on social media that he would forego the World Cup in China to instead work on his game before the next NBA season.

Simmons did, however, commit to next month’s exhibition games against the US and Canada in Australia and also the Boomers’ 2020 Olympics campaign in Tokyo.

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