It’s formally a standoff between Ben Simmons and the 76ers — and Philadelphia isn’t on the point of buckle.
In an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic, Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey mentioned the group will both get Simmons to play for Philadelphia or get a “difference-maker” again in a commerce.
And, as a result of Simmons has tanked his commerce worth, they will’t purchase an enormous piece for him proper now.
“You’re gonna think I’m kidding. I’m not,” Morey said, per NBC Sports Philadelphia. “This could be four years.”
There are 4 years left on Simmons’ present contract with an AAV barely north of $35 million, according to Spotrac. He received’t play within the Sixers’ house opener Friday resulting from what has been reported as again points after he was suspended for his or her first sport towards the Pelicans. Simmons had refused take part in follow, leading to coach Doc Rivers throwing him out.
“People should buckle in,” Morey said, based on SI’s Chris Mannix. “This is going to go for a long time.”
Ultimately, the analytically pushed Morey believes that eliminating the distraction brought on by Simmons isn’t price hurting the group’s playoff odds. Simmons, by his latest actions, appears decided to check the group’s conviction for every little thing it’s price. He’s publicly demanded a commerce and sat out coaching camp. And now who is aware of how lengthy he could be out with these vaguely outlined again points.
All of this Simmons drama comes on the heels of a poor playoff efficiency that noticed his group get upset by the Hawks within the second spherical.
“Would you rather eliminate what people perceive to be a distraction, or would you rather have better playoff odds?” Morey said, according to The Athletic. “I’ll take playoff odds.
“Whatever we have to deal with that helps the Philadelphia 76ers win the title, we’ll do it.”