The Sixers and Ben Simmons are evidently nonetheless not on the identical web page.
The crew has resumed fining Simmons and plans to proceed doing so till the 25-year-old “cooperates with crew physicians on his psychological well being points and fulfills different basketball-related obligations,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday.
Simmons was fined his sport wage of $360,000 for lacking Thursday’s win over the Pistons, Wojnarowski reported. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark confirmed the ESPN report.
Different pertinent particulars from Wojnarowski: The Sixers have positioned Simmons’ future wage in escrow, because the crew did when it withheld the $8.25 million Simmons was owed on Oct. 1. ESPN reviews Simmons has labored with psychological well being professionals by means of the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation, however that the Sixers are fining him due to his “refusal to offer fundamental particulars of his course of psychological well being conferences, analysis or remedies or to simply accept session with any specialists organized by the crew.”
The Sixers stopped fining Simmons at some stage after an Oct. 22 assembly by which he told teammates he was not mentally ready to play. Three days earlier than that, head coach Doc Rivers eliminated Simmons from follow for being a “distraction” and the Sixers suspended him one game for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Although Simmons has labored out on the Sixers’ follow facility in Camden, New Jersey, there have been no indicators that he’s set to rejoin crew actions quickly. Rivers on Wednesday stated he has “no thought” when there may be a decision between the Sixers and Simmons, who requested a commerce this offseason.
“I don’t give it some thought,” Rivers stated. “I actually don’t. I coach the blokes which can be on the ground each day. That’s what I’ve targeted on, and we’ve executed fairly properly with that.”
The Sixers had solely 9 energetic gamers Thursday, with Tobias Harris and Isaiah Joe (well being and security protocols), Danny Inexperienced (left hamstring tightness) and Furkan Korkmaz (proper wrist soreness) amongst these sidelined. They performed eight within the victory over Detroit and lead the Jap Convention with a 7-2 report.
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