Ben Simmons Saga Takes Another Ugly Turn As 76ers Guard Stands to Lose Money Even If He Gets His Trade

Published 10/05/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after the basket during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


The entire offseason has almost gone by and the Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons still cannot come to a consensus. Both the parties are being extremely rigid about their wants, and unless one of them caves in, they could stretch this situation beyond measure. The narrative around their messy breakup keeps on changing and making headlines every day.

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At first, it seemed like Simmons would get exactly what he wants, because what good would come to either if he misses training camp. But now, it has come to everyone’s attention, that it’s Ben who would suffer more than Philly.

Does Ben Simmons need to rethink his strategy?

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Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

After the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs last season, everyone was sure that a Ben Simmons trade was inevitable. And when an NBA player goes on record to say that he wants nothing more than to just be shipped off, it usually doesn’t end well. And that’s exactly what it spiraled into.

The 76ers did not budge and won’t until they get a fair deal for him, and Ben was adamant that unless he is traded, he will not be reporting for training camp. He even went as far as saying he is willing to sit out an entire season if things don’t go his way. Little did he know, this decision comes with his fair share of consequences.

His contract with the Sixers still has 4 more years left and sitting out that long will be a big financial hit for the point guard because of all the fines piling up. But it seems like this will also hinder him from getting traded.

As per ESPN, “The team that chooses to trade for him cannot agree to pay Simmons the money he is owed in fines from Philadelphia. Instead, Simmons would only be able to get some, or all, of the fine money back by coming to a settlement with the 76ers, who would have no incentive to do so.”

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Philadelphia 76ers set to meet Toronto Raptors in preseason

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Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is called for a foul after colliding with Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first quarter in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

In this matchup against the Toronto Raptors, the 76ers will focus on resting their superstars. Joel Embiid will be taking a backseat as he tore his meniscus during the playoffs last season. Although he remained healthy in the offseason, he is going to be given more time to rest so he can play more vital games.

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However, even their rookie Charles Bassey will be missing out on this action because of his visa issues. Until that’s sorted out, he will sit it out. And of course, Simmons is expectedly not playing either.

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Almost everyone is keeping a close eye on his situation with the Sixers. How far do you think this will be dragged? Who will eventually have to compromise and who will get their way?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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