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Agent: Simmons ‘doubtful’ to play in World Cup

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is “doubtful” to play for Australia in the FIBA World Cup this summer, his agent Rich Paul tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Simmons, who debuted for the national team as a teenager and won gold at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship, initially said he was “looking forward to representing my county Australia in the upcoming @FIBA World Cup in China” on social media back in May.

Simmons is now more likely now to spend his full offseason preparing only for the Sixers season — free of national team responsibilities. The 22-year-old also opted out of the 2016 Olympics squad to focus on his NBA rookie season.

The Australian national team, also known as the Boomers, will still feature a handful of other NBA players — including Joe Ingles, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes.

The FIBA World Cup starts Aug. 31 in China and runs through mid-September.

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