Philadelphia 76ers Make Surprising Decision on Ben Simmons Despite Initial Strong Stance

Published 10/26/2021, 1:44 AM EDT
May 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after dunking the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


It finally looks like not everything between the Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons will turn out to be ugly. The saga that has unraveled after the team’s disappointing exit in the playoffs last season seems to have dragged on for too long. And by the looks of it, will go on for even longer. However, Philly seems to have figured out a way to deal with the situation more delicately. Ever since Simmons explained that he isn’t fit mentally and physically to get back and play, the 76ers couldn’t be more supportive.

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Philadelphia 76ers give up on fining Ben Simmons

The situation between the Sixers and Simmons only gets more confusing every day. After all that has gone down in the offseason, when Ben returned to the team, it seemed like he did not intend to play nice. He got the boot and was even suspended from their season opener.

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Then, Joel Embiid expressed his anger at Simmons but later took it all back. However, Simmons stuck to his stance, claiming he wasn’t mentally and physically fit to go back to playing. Everyone thought that this was a crazy move as he would be fined for not coming to play. But now, Philly has refused to fine him, only because there are personal reasons for him to be missing out on practice and games.

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Is this their way of extending a friendly hand?

The 76ers’ start to the new season hasn’t been so bad. However, their loss against the Brooklyn Nets highlighted the missing piece in their time more than ever. If they had Simmons, that matchup could have ended differently. Upon realizing this, it seems like the 76ers want to do everything they can to end the bitterness between the two.

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Daryl Morey said, “Ben came in at the end of last week and said he had back stiffness and he’s dealing with some personal reasons off the court. Both we take very seriously, we’re working with Ben to provide every resource to help him with what is needed.

“He spoke to his teammates, things seem to be moving very much in a positive direction. We’re going to provide all the resources, give Ben what he needs, and get him out there as soon as we can.”

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

As of now, a trade looks possible only towards the mid of December. Until then, fans can only hope the two parties reconcile and give it another shot. Or Ben will hope to sit it out as long as he is moved. What do you think will come first?

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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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