Sources — Philadelphia 76ers withhold $8.25M owed to Ben Simmons amid star’s holdout

The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t pay Ben Simmons the $8.25 million – 25 % of his contract – that he was owed Friday, and positioned it into an escrow account, sources informed ESPN.

Shifting ahead, the 76ers will deduct any fines that Simmons accrues because the season progresses will likely be faraway from that account. If, or when, Simmons reveals up, he will likely be given the cash that’s remaining in it, sources informed ESPN.

The following line of demarcation on this saga will come Monday, when the 76ers play their first preseason recreation in Toronto in opposition to the Raptors. If Simmons would not return to the workforce earlier than that recreation, he will likely be fined roughly $227,000 – the identical quantity Simmons will likely be fined for each recreation he misses going ahead.

Sources informed ESPN that within the assembly between Simmons and Philadelphia’s management final month, the workforce made Simmons conscious that this was a chance – and, on the time, Simmons responded by saying that he understood that, and that it will not change his stance both on reporting to Philadelphia or rescinding his commerce request.

“We’re in it for the lengthy haul,” a supply near Simmons informed ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne this week.

When requested about the potential of withholding this cash from Simmons – who already acquired one other $8.25 million on Aug. 2, as his contract states he’ll get two 25 % chunks of his contract earlier than the season begins – Philadelphia’s president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, refused to say what would precisely occur however did depart this chance open.

“I might say we’re not going to speak concerning the specifics of fines or issues like that, however I’ll say it is fairly clearly spelled out within the CBA and in his contract what occurs,” Morey stated throughout his preseason press convention Monday.

Because the 76ers returned to the courtroom this week – and Simmons didn’t – the temperature on this example has solely risen.

Morey tried to spin it in a optimistic path throughout his press convention Monday, saying that he in comparison with the tumultuous offseason between Aaron Rodgers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers – just for Rodgers to return and, the night time earlier than that press convention, lead Inexperienced Bay to a last-second win over the San Francisco 49ers.

“I feel there’s a variety of hope,” Morey stated. “I might say I watched final night time a participant lead his workforce to victory when a thousand kilos of digital ink had been spilled on how a lot he would by no means play for that workforce once more.

“Look, each scenario is totally different, however now we have a variety of optimism that we will make it work right here.”

Celebrity middle Joel Embiid additionally initially expressed optimism about reuniting with Simmons, saying he was disillusioned that the scenario had reached the purpose it had between the 2 sides however that he nonetheless believes he might win with him as his co-star.

“Truthfully, I might most likely say I am disillusioned,” Embiid stated. “As a result of I — look, clearly we have not received something, however simply going by what has been stated by way of the media and also you guys tweeting in your sources and stuff, I might take a look at it in the way in which that, take a look at what we have been in a position to do. … Within the common season we have been so good, and so dominant, that we all know it is working. … I am disillusioned that we’re on this scenario. … I am simply disillusioned he is not right here, as a result of he is aware of it, too. He is aware of we will win collectively.”

Within the wake of a subsequent report in The Athletic that Simmons had determined he could not, really, win alongside Embiid, the large man shot again throughout a prolonged reply when requested about it by reporters after apply Thursday afternoon.

“”The scenario is disappointing, borderline type of disrespectful to all the fellows which can be out right here preventing for his or her lives,” Embiid informed reporters on the workforce’s apply facility in Camden, New Jersey, occurring to say that the concept the Sixers hadn’t constructed their workforce round Simmons was additionally incorrected.

“I really feel like our groups have been constructed, whether or not it is the taking pictures want or stretch-5 and all that stuff, I really feel like [Simmons] at all times had it right here. And we nonetheless have it,” Embiid stated, earlier than itemizing all of the 3-point shooters on the roster. “… Our groups have at all times been constructed round his wants.”

“It was type of stunning to see,” Embiid added, referring to the report. “We’ll say that, even going again to the explanation we signed Al. We removed Jimmy, which I nonetheless assume it was a mistake, simply to ensure [Simmons] wanted the ball in his fingers. That is the choice they made. Like I stated, it’s stunning.”

ESPN’s Bobby Marks contributed to this story

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