The extent of bad blood between Ben Simmons and the 76ers has been laid bare by his ruthless message as he prepares to go their separate ways.
Ben Simmons’ impending breakup with the 76ers is getting more and more bitter day by day as the Aussie makes it clear he has no interest in staying in Philadelphia.
Simmons wants to come out after facing a barrage of criticism for his poor performance in last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals against Atlanta, where his reluctance to shoot was fully displayed.
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Sixers teammate Joel Embiid threw Simmons under the bus and coach Doc Rivers said he’s unsure if the 25-year-old point guard is capable of leading the franchise to a championship.
Simmons is looking for a job, but Philly wants to make sure he is properly compensated before letting him go. There has been talk of the business value of the former No.1 draft pick after his playoff flop, while his rivals are said to be less inclined to offer too much in return for Simmons as they know he and the 76ers want separate.
NBA reporter Brian Windhorst told ESPN Simmons sent a direct message to the Sixers that he has no interest in increasing his business value so they can receive something juicy in return in the form of players. and draft pick if they separate.
“One of the messages Ben sent back to Philly is that it’s not his job to set its business value,” Windhorst said on The jump.
“It’s not their job to correct their business value or increase their business value. It’s not something that is on the menu for him.
“I don’t think he’s interested in coming and trying to change the situation.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that Simmons was so desperate to end his stay in Philadelphia that he is “prepared” to be fined up to $ 1.3 million for skipping camp. Sixers pre-season training.
But that won’t worry him too much. According to Windhorst, Simmons will receive half of his $ 33 million salary – or A $ 45 million, half of which is A $ 22.5 million – on October 1, so he won’t be short of cash.
Windhorst said Simmons could use the “war chest” to deal with any financial penalty sent to him if the Sixers tried to punish him before a trade was made.
Reports in the US media suggest Simmons wants to play in California, while Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Investigator says there’s too much bad blood between Simmons and the 76ers to keep that relationship going.
“There are teams that are interested in Ben Simmons, they just don’t want to pay a heavy price,” Pompey said.
“Ben Simmons knows that, so they say why should we help the 76ers when they feel like Doc Rivers said what he said, no one apologized and Doc was never reprimanded.”
Pompey said the Philadelphia Radio A Western Conference general manager told him, “Think back to about three months ago, when the Sixers were ready to give up on Ben Simmons. You say to yourself, “Let’s see what we have to do to get it.”
“Now the difference is Ben Simmons says he refuses to play for the Sixers. He wants to go to three California teams. There is so much bad blood between him and the team.
“The kid said he wasn’t coming back. I am not giving you what you demand. They really ruined everything.