After two weeks away from starting the pre-season, 76ers all-star guard Ben Simmons reported to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday night his expected organization over the weekend, sources told ESPN.
As the Sixers approached the tip of a 115-104 pre-season victory over the Brooklyn Nets, Simmons-Los Angeles entered the arena for a fresh flight-Covid-19 test and began the process of returning to the franchise for which it has requested trade, sources said.
What comes next is unclear, but the Sixers are desperate to resume dialogue with the three-time All-Star who did not have a direct conversation with the front office or coach Doc Rivers after the meeting in late August in which he reiterated his wish. A business.
Why come back now Simmons describes how he wants to prove a point, and he’s done so that he’s almost never happened in the NBA: sitting in training camp, losing himself almost $ 1 million in salary and fines, and giving him a clear message that he wants Philadelphia A trade out. The Sixers pushed the league, but did not come close to getting a deal to return the highbrow players they wanted in exchange for Simmons, sources said. The trading market could change quickly as the regular season begins – and more players are eligible to move on December 15 – but the Sixers no longer have any traction in the trade, sources said.
Simmons is expected to have a conversation on how much of that money could be refunded if he reunites in the Sixers and returns to the season, but Simmons’ intentions are simply to report to the team – or really rejoin the team. . Simmons has four years on his contract and a balance of $ 147 million.
The team’s training facility is expected to meet with Simmons ‘union leadership from Tuesday, sources said, and it will be up to the organization to find out if Simmons can be reconciled – or just a refund to get the kind of trade they want to be a contender around Simmons’ Sixers All-NBA center Joel Embed. Is.
Simmons ‘arrival marked the end of several weeks of discussions between the organization and Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, CEO of Clutch Sports, to bring Simmons back to Philadelphia. Speaking again Monday morning, the Sixers had in mind that Simmons would be back by the end of the week – just to text the team executive on Monday night and Simmons had arrived on the field, and said he needed to get into the building. Sources said, to formally report its covid protocol and start resolving it.
Simmons was out in the hope of boosting trade, and perhaps a return could be the answer to reviving its value in the market. Under the terms of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, Simmons lost approximately 60 360,000 in each pre-season game failure – more than एकूण 1 million in total for the three games he lost. Simmons is believed to have been fined 76 times for missed practices: पहिल्या 2,500 for the first, $ 5,000 for the second, $ 7,500 for the third and then for each practice, leaving the team at its discretion, with the ability to go up to $ 50,000.
For now, Simmons is back in Philadelphia. How long is unclear, but after a long, intense summer, this was a start.