Ben Simmons will not appear at the start of the Philadelphia 76ers’ training camp and will no longer play a game for the franchise, ESPN reported on Tuesday.
On Monday, NBA insider Marc Stein reported that Philadelphia was still willing to convince Simmons to come to the training camp. The Sixers apparently hoped that Simmons could increase his trade value with good athletic performance. However, due to the Sixers star’s trade demand, this was considered unlikely. The preparation for the season begins on September 28th.
A few weeks ago it became known that the 25-year-old had called for a trade in talks with the Sixers officials and was even threatened with a strike at the start of the training camp if he was not traded. This has now come true. According to the ESPN, there has been no further conversation between those responsible since the end of August.
Simmons should also be fully aware that he is now facing hefty fines from the Sixers. The strike could cost Simmons up to $ 1.3 million a week . However, according to Stein, Simmons already received 25 percent of his annual salary on August 1st due to his contract structure, and on October 1st he is to receive a further 25 percent.
The Sixers will only be able to subsequently impose fines on Simmons, which, according to Stein, will only be able to deduct them from his next paycheck in November. Accordingly, Simmons had already received half of his $ 33 million annual salary before Philadelphia could impose the fines.
Stubborn trade speculation about Simmons has been circulating for the entire summer after the Sixers surprisingly failed in the second playoff round at the Atlanta Hawks. Philadelphia allegedly held talks with the Timberwolves, Raptors, Cavaliers, Pacers, Kings, Spurs and Warriors, among others, but some teams are said to have refrained from a Simmons trade due to the high demands of Sixers boss Daryl Morey.
The point guard put on an average of 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists in the regular season, in the playoffs his offensive shortcomings due to the lack of throw and weaknesses on the free throw line became apparent. Simmons is under contract for four years and just under $ 147 million.