Ben Simmons trade rumors: How much money could 76ers star lose as fines pile up past deadline?



Ben Simmons needs the 76ers to commerce him as quickly as doable. Philadelphia president of basketball operations Daryl Morey needs to get a giant return package deal that enables the group to compete for a championship. There was no vital traction on a deal but, leaving Simmons in basketball purgatory. Lather, rinse, repeat.

So, what occurs if the Sixers hold the three-time All-Star previous the Feb. 10 commerce deadline? Except Simmons immediately returns to the court docket, which appears extremely unlikely at this level, he’s going to lose some huge cash.

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As a part of an in-depth characteristic on the Simmons saga, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne supplied new particulars on how a lot Simmons has misplaced — and the way way more he may lose — through the 2021-22 season. He was set to earn $33 million this season as a part of the five-year, $177.2 million extension he signed in 2019, however the 76ers have been commonly fining him for “failing to render companies.”

From Shelburne’s story:

Simmons has misplaced over $19 million in fines because the season started (every missed recreation prices him $360,000). He hasn’t cleared a paycheck because the $8.25 million (25% of his $33 million wage) that was as a result of him Oct. 1. Each two weeks the group sends a discover with an evidence of all of the fines he has accrued for failing to render companies, as a substitute of a $1.375 million paycheck. By the top of the season, if he doesn’t play for the Sixers or every other group, Simmons may lose one other $12 million.

Simmons has made greater than $60 million in his NBA profession, and at simply 25 years outdated, he ought to be capable of signal extra profitable contracts earlier than he retires. He may additionally attain a settlement with the Sixers in arbitration. Nonetheless, it’s jarring to see anybody depart roughly $31 million on the desk.

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Is Simmons actually prepared to sit down out the total season figuring out these paychecks will proceed disappearing? One supply near Simmons gave Shelburne a blunt response to that query.

“We do not give a f— concerning the cash,” the supply stated. “That is not what that is. It is exhausting for individuals to grasp. However when you imagine in what you are doing and that this isn’t the proper state of affairs for you, and also you’re attempting to get to a greater place, the cash would not matter. Clearly it is a monetary hit. However you modify.”

It appears as if Simmons has already mentally moved on, even when he stays part of Philadelphia’s roster — and no sum of money goes to carry him again.



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