76ers, Simmons in talks about return
Rich Paul, Ben Simmons’ agent at Klutch Sports, and the 76ers are having discussions about bringing Simmons back, The Philadelphia Inquirer confirmed Monday. The disgruntled three-time All-Star point guard has been a no-show this preseason after telling the 76ers brass in August that he wanted to be traded. Paul and the 76ers had discussions all weekend, and he could return as early as this week. The main question is would Simmons actually play for the 76ers? Even if Simmons comes back to Philadelphia, Simmons still doesn’t intend to play a game. Time will tell. For now, there’s a possibility that he will return at least to Philadelphia. ESPN first to reported both sides progressing in talks to bring Simmons back. The 76ers withheld $8.25 million of Simmons’ salary on Oct. 1 and placed the payment in an escrow account. This came after Simmons received a payment of $8.25 million on July 1. His contract is structured for him to receive 50% of this season’s $33 million salary by Oct. 1. The 25-year-old has four years and $146.6 million left on his contract.