Friday, May 20 2022

On Monday, three-time All-Star point guard Ben Simmons reported to the Philadelphia 76ers‘ Wells Fargo Center stadium; this news is the latest of 76ers rumors. This was an awkward moment for the team’s coaching staff, considering they had no idea when or if he was even going to show up. Everyone was stunned.

A couple of weeks ago, NBA analysts were wondering if the guard was willing to forego $33 million and sit out the entire 2021-22 season. However, now it appears there are two new possibilities. The fourth-year player could either play the entire season with Philadelphia, or he will participate in the games until general manager Elton Brand can find him a trade partner.

Furthermore, due to the star’s stubbornness, he lost more than $8 million, stemming from missed practices and preseason games. Simmons is expected to meet with the 76ers front office today on Tuesday. Over the summertime, the guard told reporters that he wanted to play for a California-based team.

And, he hinted at playing for a contender. This includes the Clippers, Lakers and Warriors. Apparently, he has no desire to play for the Kings. In June, Simmons bought a mansion in Hidden Hills, CA for $17.5 million.

In September, it was first reported that Simmons had no desire to play with four-time All-Star teammate Joel Embiid anymore. He wants to be the number one option. Not to mention, Simmons wants the team built around him. If the guard stays, this will leave Sixers fans feeling uncomfortable. Will Philly fans forgive him? That’s unlikely.

Ben Simmons – statistics and salary

Furthermore, in the 2020-21 NBA season, the guard averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 58 games played. Plus, he shot 55.7% from the field and 30% from three-point range. Over the course of his four-year career, he averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. Thus far, he has appeared in 275 games.

Moreover, Simmons was also selected first overall by the organization in the 2016 NBA Draft. On Jul. 16, 2019, the Australian signed a five-year, $169.65 million contract with the team. He will earn $31.590 million this season and $33.930 million in the 2022-23 season. Other 76ers rumors and news can be viewed on the front page of Basketball Insiders.

Source: Basketball Insider


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