The saga and ongoing drama of Ben Simmons and his abrupt way of forcing himself out of Philadelphia don’t seem to have an end. But the newest rumor that has started to thread around NBA waters may have a considerable effect on Simmons’ future and the way this whole story plays out.
The fines are starting to pile up
Through all the criticism and controversies surrounding Ben Simmons in the past year, you forget we are talking about a 6’11’ point guard, transcendently gifted with athleticism and a great understanding of the game both ways. After all, this is a 3x All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defensive player.
But the flaws, or to be more specific, the shooting deficiencies, really got exposed in last year’s playoffs, as that ship sank after getting eliminated by the Hawks. The whole organization pointed their finger at Ben, and Simmons decided it was time to move on. Well, five months have passed, and we are in the same spot.
The Sixers can’t find a suitable trade partner due to Simmons’s extremely low market value, while Simmons isn’t doing himself any favors with countless displays of immature and petty behavior. That has led to Simmons sitting out and getting fined more and more by the day.
At first, it wasn’t really a problem, considering the massive five year-$177M contract he signed recently. But the bigger the contract, the bigger the fines, as Simmons is getting fined for every game he misses. That number has started to grow exponentially, and Simmons has begun to feel the effects. It was reported recently that Simmons could be forced to play soon if he doesn’t want to go “broke”:
“I was told by somebody very reliable he may be tapped out, broke. Cash flow broke. Because he’s losing so much money, but he spent so much money. 17.5 million dollar home, remember he has to pay taxes too. 17.5 million dollar home. He’s got two homes in the Philadelphia area, probably worth eight or nine million. He buys a new car every month, four or five hundred thousand. He just spends money like it’s nothing because he thinks it never ends. And the person that told me, it’s very reliable that he has got serious cash flow issues. Remember this trip, he doesn’t get paid for any games, so that’s well over two million. He may have to come back. I don’t want him to come back, stay broke…I thought he was going to be out the whole year; now he may have to come back just to get some money.”Howard Eskin, 94WIP
It would be a crazy turn of events if Simmons eventually suited up, only, so he stops losing money. You can only imagine the effort he would bring on the floor and the reaction Ben would get from the Philly faithful. Although I’m pretty sure Simmons doesn’t like to see such substantial amounts of money be stripped away from his account, saying he’s broke is a bit of an overstatement.
After all, this guy has earned roughly around $90M so far in his career, and he has four more years left on that max contract. I mean, Ben has invested into certain ventures and homes, as the flashy lifestyle Simmons has become accustomed to isn’t cheap. It costs to have all those fancy homes, cars, clothes, as Ben could very well have to suck it up soon if he wants to continue to live the luxurious life.