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Monday's Sixers Links: Ben Simmons makes good on promise to score more

Simmons plays point guard versus Bulls: The 76ers will tell you that Ben Simmons is still a point forward. They’ll tell you that his job to get defensive rebounds, lead the fast break, and initiate the offense in certain situations when the opportunities permit. But the 6-foot-10, 243-pounder had the ball most of the time no matter the circumstances in Sunday’s 80-73 NBA Summer League setback to the Chicago Bulls at Thomas & Mack Center. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ben Simmons gets offensive for 76ers: The 76ers missed out on some targeted free agents, but they are working on signing the players they have. Dario Saric, a 2014 draft acquisition, is expected to play for the Sixers this season. Gerald Henderson signed his contract Saturday. The Sixers are expected to sign Jerryd Bayless shortly. Meanwhile, Sergio Rodriguez must pass FIBA clearance and get bought out of his contract before he's able to sign. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

Saric expected to sign with Sixers in Vegas: Dario Saric is expected to sign his 76ers contract when he travels here to the NBA Summer League to meet his teammates. The power forward’s deadline to get out of his contract with Andolu Efes of the Turkish Super Basketball League is next Sunday. The Sixers are still working on that with him. However, that shouldn’t be a problem. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ben Simmons will only be a superstar for 76ers if he stops passing on shots: The atmosphere was amazing even if the basketball was sometimes nauseating. In fact, the first half of the 76ers' first game in the Las Vegas summer league Saturday night against the Los Angeles Lakers looked a lot like the basketball we've seen far too often over the last three seasons at the Wells Fargo Center. Clank, clank, clank went the basketball. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

Simmons needs a shot of confidence: The hope is that Ben Simmons will grow his shot to respectability, so that defenders aren't constantly backing off him and clogging a lane that the Sixers hope will be filled by the massive Joel Embiid. The fear is that the reluctance Simmons showed to pull the trigger when open from 12-feet and beyond in his first three summer-league games will dissipate and that he will gain enough confidence to let it fly without hesitation or remorse. -- Philadelphia Daily News

Summer league: Sixers fall to Bulls, but Simmons follows through on promise to score more: Ben Simmons can score, but the uncertainty was how often will he look to do it? Simmons entered Sunday’s game having attempted just 25 field goals in three summer league contests. Coaches had urged him to be aggressive, and Simmons noted at shootaround that he intended to take more shots. -- CSN Philly