Ben Simmons’ wallter be a lot lighter if he decides to skip the start of Philadelphia 76ers’ training camp on Sept. 28th.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that his sources told him that the 76ers star has no plans to play another game for the franchise and he will not report to camp.
“ESPN Sources: Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons will not report for opening of training camp next week and intends to never play another game for the franchise. Simmons hasn’t spoken to team since a late August meeting when he communicated this message to Sixers officials.”
He added, “Simmons is clearly aware of sanctions available to organization to fine and suspend him, including withholding of salary. But so far, Simmons appears willing to carry out a plan of forcing his way to a new team. Sixers have yet to find a a trade they’re willing to make for him.”
The Sixers could fine the three-time All-Star $227,000 per day, a total that would amount to roughly $1.3 million.
The starting point guard met with Sixers’ brass in Los Angeles and told them he was prepared to sit out camp (via The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey).
“Typically, NBA teams, especially in training camp, work six days a week. That means that if they wanted to fine him for every week, he could be fined about $1.3 million dollars,” Windhorst said. “That is what they could do. The Simmons side, basically, has told me ‘we are prepared for that ramification.’”
The Australian star is due $33 million this season after signing a five-year, $177 million contract in 2019.