Townsville Bulletin

Simmons set to cop $1.3m fine


BEN Simmons is “prepared” to be fined up to $1.3m for skipping the Philadelph­ia 76ers’ training camp as his looming exit from the franchise turns ugly.

Simmons is in limbo after informing 76ers officials he no longer wants to be a Sixer and does not intend to report to training camp.

He is so disillusio­ned with the 76ers that he hasn’t answered calls from the franchise for weeks, while he is willing to pay fines to miss pre-season camp as a protest.

According to ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst, Simmons’ camp is “prepared for that ramificati­on” if the NBA slaps the Melbourneb­orn guard with a fine in excess of $1m.

Simmons’ relationsh­ip with Philadelph­ia is broken, despite having four years and a whopping $147m remaining on his deal.

As brilliant as the guard can be, especially on the defensive end, his lack of an establishe­d shot is a glaring and problemati­c weakness.

And when you are a maxlevel player, raking in $167m over five years, NBA teams expect more from their superstars.

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