The Boston Celtics have reportedly expressed interest in trading for Philadelphia 76ers Australian point guard Ben Simmons.
The report, in The Athletic on Monday, described the talks as “fluid with no traction as of yet,” and said any potential deal must include Boston forward Jaylen Brown.
Simmons, a three-time All-Star, has yet to play for the 76ers this season. The team reportedly began fining him his $US360,000 ($A486,000) match fees last Friday for each contest he misses.
Simmons, 25, has told the organisation he is working on his mental health but has refused to accept any help from team physicians.
Simmons has four years and $US147 million ($A198 million) left on his five-year contract. He has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 275 games since Philadelphia drafted him No.1 overall in 2016 — two spots ahead of Brown.
Brown, 25, made his first All-Star team last season and is averaging a career-high 25.6 points through eight games this season. He is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.