From: North Highland Beach, NJ
Looks like the 76ers are planning on withholding Ben's money now.
I heard that in retaliation, Simmons is considering showing up and saying he is too hurt to play. It looks the two sides are just content to up the ante on each other at this point. The standoff is starting to take on league wide consequences as teams are concerned that Philly backing down would set a bad precedent for teams dealing with players under long term contracts.
Good to see you back Elliot. Wish you would pop in and post more often.
Thanks, Sweens. It seems as though Simmons' contract is front-ended quarterly, or something like that. So, he's already received the first installment (July) and he was due his next installment October 1. In any event, it's pretty clear that Simmons won't return under any circumstances.
Personally, I think the 76ers effed this up at every turn. Simmons has plenty of blame too. He needs a thicker skin.
But when your head coach is asked a pointed question about whether your star point guard can lead you to the championship and his response is "I don't know"....I can understand why Simmons wants out. And Simmons told them that immediately. He hasn't wavered. The Sixers figured he'd change his mind. Now they've watched his value plummet while Doc falls all over himself trying to walk-back his earlier comments. All the while pouring more gasoline on the fire by suggesting Simmons is afraid to play in Philly and comparing him to Trump supporters.
I'm 50/50 on whether I'd really support giving up the assets necessary to acquire him.
Life is just what happens to you,
While you're busy making other plans
~ John Lennon