The Philadelphia 76ers held a media day on Monday to kick off their 2021 training camp schedule. Three-time All-Star Ben Simmons was nowhere to be found, just as he had promised. Simmons demanded a trade away from the Philadelphia organization earlier this summer after his abysmal postseason performance last season. Daryl Morey and the Sixers front office have been unable to reach an agreement for the 25-year-old point guard so far. And as long as that’s the case, Simmons has stated unequivocally that he intends to boycott all team activities, regardless of the financial consequences. While he may claim it’s not about the money, today’s financial setback is a bitter pill to swallow. According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the 76ers are not paying Simmons his $8 million contract. As he continues to refuse to attend training camp, a $25 million payment (25% of his salary) is due today.
Sources: The 76ers are not paying Ben Simmons his $8.25 million payment due today as the three-time All-Star awaits a trade. Simmons still is not showing up to Philadelphia and has understood the ramifications of his holdout.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 1, 2021
With the ridiculously high trade offers reported earlier this offseason, it’s clear Morey and the Sixers aren’t in This, combined with Simmons’ apparent willingness to forego pay, could lead to a protracted standoff.
ESPN’s Romana Shelburne reported earlier this week that the sixth-year star is willing to sit out the entire 2021-22 season if he isn’t traded.
Simmons is not only not getting paid, but he’s also risking some pretty hefty potential fines.
On Thursday, the irritated PG liked a post that detailed all of the possible fines he could face.
Ben Simmons likes a post of a breakdown of potential fines he could face for missing practices/games.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 1, 2021
It appears Simmons, who has four years and $147 million left on his current contract, will either play for a new team or not play at all this coming season unless he caves for the money. Nokia News