The NBA commerce deadline is that this Thursday, and this time of 12 months at all times brings loads of intriguing storylines. Will a contending group attempt to get the ultimate piece of the championship puzzle? Will a mediocre squad just like the Portland Path Blazers or Washington Wizards commerce their respective star gamers, Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal?
However maybe the most important drama comes courtesy of Philadelphia. That is the place Ben Simmons, bodily wholesome for many of the 12 months, has been sitting out all season for the 76ers. He is instructed the group he isn’t mentally able to get again on the courtroom once more.
So, for the previous seven months, Simmons has waited. He requested a commerce, and although the Sixers have entertained affords, they have not made a transfer.
Consequently, Simmons has sat out each sport this season. That call does not come and not using a price—every missed sport verify prices Simmons $360,000. As Ramona Shelburne reported, Simmons hasn’t cleared a paycheck because the $8.25 million that was resulting from him on October 1. That quantity equals 1 / 4 of his 2021-22 wage.
Simmons has already misplaced near $20 million. If the Sixers finally do not commerce him and he stays on the group, not taking part in a single minute, he’ll forfeit the rest of his wage for the 12 months: $24.75 million.
Although not assured, Simmons would almost certainly swimsuit up and play for any group he is traded to. That may assist him recoup the ultimate few million of his wage.
Simmons signed a five-year, $169.65 million extension in July 2019. Issues rapidly soured, notably through the 2021 playoffs. Simmons handed up what gave the impression to be an open dunk within the closing minutes of Sport 7 of the Jap Convention Semifinals. The Sixers misplaced; each his teammate Joel Embiid and his coach Doc Rivers had lower than flattering votes of confidence for Simmons.
Past this season, Simmons nonetheless has three years and rather less than $113.7 million remaining on his contract. Whichever group acquires him must take that cash on.
It has been fascinating to observe this all play out. In just a few days, we simply might even see Simmons in a brand new uniform—and at last again out on an NBA courtroom.