Ben Simmons A Difficult Player To Offload
Aussie NBA player Ben Simmons is proving an exceptionally difficult sell for the Philadelphia 76ers.
While they’ve apparently named their asking price opposite the Portland Trail Blazers at the trade negotiations table, the requested trio of first-round picks and as many pick swap options are a dime too many for a dollar for the Blazers. The result was a rejection of offer prompted in part by Simmons’ already-made-clear unwillingness to return to the team.
The point guard faces several fines by the Sixers for his failure to return to the team after last season’s forgettable Playoffs. Simmons was practically named the number 1 reason for his team’s failure to make it to the Eastern Conference finals.
Philadelphia Have Messed Up
According to several inside sources, the struggle to offload Simmons won’t be getting easier any time soon. One NBA executive apparently said since Simmons wasn’t willing to go back in any way, Philadelphia should just accept that they’ve messed up and settle with the next willing buyer.
While the Sixers are insisting on Simmons’ return, negotiations have reportedly remained ongoing, with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and Minnesota Timberwolves all allegedly interested in acquiring the young point guard.
Past Accolades Now Forgotten
But with the 25-year-old’s flaws now under the magnifying glass, most have seemingly forgot Simmons’ second-place finish in last year’s vote for Defensive Player of the Year. Or, in fact, that he made a third-time appearance in the All-Star Game.
It’s only after his ghoulish post-season that the talk stared to turn predominantly negative.
Still, Simmons appears fully committed to shipping out. Rumour has it he’s even listed his 3,000 square foot mansion at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Residence for sale.
Resolve Doesn’t Come Cheap
Another real contender for Simmons appears to be the Indiana Pacers. They’re apparently suggesting a deal that would see shooting guard Caris LeVert traded to Philadelphia.
Whichever way the cookie crumbles for team and player, Simmons will be hoping for a quick and painless resolve after he was fined a whopping AU$494,000 for missing out on the recent practice match clash against Toronto.
What’s more, the very same penalty will be applied for every next game missed by the point guard – and that reportedly goes for the pre-season as well as the official start of campaign.
Simmons, meanwhile, remains at loggerheads with the 76ers over a failure to agree on a mutually acceptable trade package. And according to ESPN commentator Bobby Marks, it’s the sort of drama that would drag on until well into December.