76ers won’t pay Ben Simmons $ 8.25million that was owed on October 1, as standoff between the two sides continues



Dominoes continue to fall in the ongoing Ben Simmons saga. Simmons has requested a trade with the Sixers and has made it clear he has no plans to play for Philadelphia again. On Friday, October 1, Simmons owed a quarter of his contract for the 2021-22 season ($ 8.25 million) from the Sixers, and there was ongoing speculation as to whether or not the team would pay him that money. Now we have an answer – they won’t, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Simmons was set for that to happen, but it will always be interesting to see if this move changes his position at all, as he could still get a large chunk of that money back if he finally decides to join the team. So far, Simmons has missed media day and week one of training camp in Philadelphia. Going forward, Simmons will be fined $ 227,613 for every game missed, starting with Game 1 of Philadelphia’s preseason on October 4. This per game deduction will come from the $ 8.25 million escrow that Philadelphia put in place with the money the team withheld from Simmons, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

If the withheld payment doesn’t change Simmons’ position, he seems to at least be aware of the financial ramifications, as he “liked” an Instagram post that details how much of the fine he can receive.

The back-and-forth between Simmons and the Sixers went very publicly and got ugly. On Thursday, Sixers star center Joel Embiid expressed his frustration with the situation for the first time.

“I’m really focused on the guys who are here,” Embiid said. “The situation is strange, disappointing, bordering on disrespecting all the guys who are fighting for their lives. Some guys rely on the success of the team to stay in the league and make money from a one way or another. Because if you’re on a winning team, you’ll always have a place in the league, just because you’re on a winning team and you’ve contributed. ”

Embiid cannot be blamed for feeling frustrated as the situation turns out to be a constant distraction for a team with legitimate championship aspirations. Going forward, the ball is in Simmons’ court (pun intended) as the Sixers have made it clear that they will not force a trade that is not beneficial to them. If Simmons wants to save money, he can join the team and make the most of an awkward situation. Otherwise, the Sixers will have no problem continuing to withhold his paycheck.

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