Jay Williams Explains How 76ers Still Have the Upper Hand Amidst Ben Simmons’ Threats to Not Return

Published 09/29/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
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


The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t gotten a respite from the constant headlines ever since their disappointing season ended. And unfortunately, it’s for all the wrong reasons. One of their superstars, Ben Simmons faced a lot of slander for his inefficiency in the last season, and not just from fans but from people of the organization as well. This ticked him off to such a degree that he is not willing to play for the 76ers now and wants to be traded by hook or by crook. However, Jay Williams thinks that Philly have an upper hand in this situation.

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Why the Philadelphia 76ers should not give in to these threats

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The situation keeps worsening as days pass by. With training camp in sight, Simmons has clarified that he will not be making an appearance unless he is traded by the Philadelphia 76ers. In fact, he has also gone as far as saying that he doesn’t mind sitting out all season if they don’t ship him off elsewhere.

While it seems like Simmons is in control of the situation, Jay Williams thinks otherwise. He explained on his show, “but if you’re the Philadelphia 76ers’, I don’t care what Ben Simmons says.” “I am not moving you, unless I get great value in return. Some of the offers that have been made have been decent.”

“It feels like they are waiting for the right opportunity a little later in the season when some other veterans are up. We’re watching what’s happening with Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal. They become disgruntled… to wait for that. So, you don’t make a move.”

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Ben Simmons has far more to be worried about

Williams further explained that Simmons‘ erratic actions will have their consequences. He said, “If Ben Simmons chooses not to come back, he will get fined by the NBA and his pay will be docked.”Even if he does return, and gets a mysterious injury somehow, a lot of physicians will be put on it to verify the severity and take a call accordingly. In short, Williams confessed, “The 76ers have a position of leverage and are in control of how they handle this with Ben.”

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CHICAGO, USA – FEBRUARY 22: Ben Simmons (25) of Philadelphia 76ers in action during the NBA basketball match between Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, United States on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

According to Williams, the situation is clear. Simmons has no option but to return peacefully and wait for Philly to find the perfect spot for his trade. But only time will tell how far Ben will go to get what he wants.

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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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