The battle between Ben Simmons and the Sixers took an ugly turn today.
The Philadelphia 76ers did not pay Ben Simmons the $8.25 million he was due, which is actually 25% of his contract. Moving forward, the 76ers will reportedly deduct any fines that Simmons accrues as the season progresses from a escrow account they set up. If, or when, Simmons shows up, he will be given the money that is remaining in the escrow account.
See the report below:
Reporting with @WindhorstESPN and @BobbyMarks42: Sources confirm the 76ers have not paid Ben Simmons the $8.2 million he was owed today. The money has been put in an escrow account, & any fines accrued by him for not showing up will be deducted from that amount moving forward.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 1, 2021
In response that Simmons said he couldn’t win alongside Embiid, the big man shot back.
“”The situation is disappointing, borderline kind of disrespectful to all the guys that are out here fighting for their lives,” Embiid told reporters
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“I feel like our teams have been built, whether it’s the shooting need or stretch 5 and all that stuff, I feel like [Simmons] always had it here. And we still have it,” Embiid said, before listing all the 3-point shooters on the roster. “… Our teams have always been built around his needs.”
“It was kind of surprising to see,” Embiid added, referring to the report. “We’ll say that, even going back to the reason we signed Al. We got rid of Jimmy, which I still think it was a mistake, just to make sure [Simmons] needed the ball in his hands. That’s the decision they made. Like I said, it is surprising.”
Joel Embiid Calls Out Sixers For Losing Valuable Assets In An Effort To Build Around Ben Simmonshttps://t.co/VnbaX6SqUE
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) October 1, 2021
We’ll see how this plays out moving forward.
Is Simmons really willing to lose all that money?? Time will tell…