76ers won't pay Ben Simmons $8.25 million that was due on Oct. 1, as stalemate between the two sides drags on


The dominos continue to fall in the continuous Ben Simmons legend. Simmons has actually asked for a trade far from the Sixers and made it clear that he does not prepare to bet Philadelphia once again. On Friday, Oct. 1, Simmons was due a quarter of his agreement for the 2021-22 season ($8.25M) from the Sixers, and there was some continuous speculation about whether the group would pay him that cash. Now we have a response — they will not, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic

Simmons was gotten ready for this to occur, however it will still be fascinating to see if this relocation modifies his position at all, as he might still recover a big piece of that cash if he eventually chooses to rejoin the group. So far, Simmons has actually missed out on media day and the very first week of training school in Philadelphia. Moving forward, Simmons will be fined $227,613 for each video game that he misses out on, beginning with Philadelphia’s preseason opener on Oct. 4. That per-game reduction will come out of the $8.25M escrow that Philadelphia has actually established with the cash that the group kept from Simmons, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks

If the kept payment does not alter Simmons’ position, he a minimum of seems familiar with the monetary implications, as he “liked” an Instagram post that breaks down just how much he can be fined. 

The back-and-forth in between Simmons and the Sixers has actually played out extremely openly and has actually turned unsightly. On Thursday, Sixers star center Joel Embiid revealed his aggravation with the circumstance for the very first time. 

“I’m really focused on the guys that are here,” Embiid stated. “The situation is weird, disappointing, borderline kind of disrespectful to all the guys that are out here fighting for their lives. Some guys rely on the team being successful to stay in the league and make money somehow. Because if you’re on a winning team, you’re always going to have a spot in the league, just because you’re on a winning team and you contributed.”   

One can’t blame Embiid for feeling disappointed because the circumstance is showing to be a constant diversion to a group that has genuine champion goals. Moving forward, the ball remains in Simmons’ court (pun planned), as the Sixers have actually made it clear that they will not require a trade that does not benefit them. If Simmons wishes to conserve some money, he can rejoin the group and make the very best out of an uneasy circumstance. If not, the Sixers will have no issue with continuing to keep his pay. 

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