Ben Simmons prepared for $1.3m sacrifice in NBA stand-off

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Ben Simmons' camp is reportedly willing to wear up to $1.3 million in fines for not reporting to the 76ers' training camp. (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ben Simmons' camp is reportedly willing to wear up to $1.3 million in fines for not reporting to the 76ers' training camp. (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ben Simmons is reportedly not shying away from the possibility of paying a $1.3 million fine for not showing up to the Philadelphia 76ers' training camp.

The Melbourne-born star and the 76ers remain at loggerheads over Simmons' reported desire top be traded from the tea, despite having four years remaining on the deal he signed in 2019.

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Simmons faces ongoing fines for each training session he misses heading into the 2021/22 season, but according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, that's an eventuality the 25-year-old is prepared for.

The 76ers have yet to find a suitable trade for the former number one draft pick, with the two sides effectively in a game of chicken.

Speaking on the Hoop Collective podcast, Windhorst said Simmons was prepared to pay if it meant a fresh start elsewhere.

“Typically, NBA teams, especially in training camp, work six days a week," Windhorst said. 

"That means that if they wanted to fine him for every week, he could be fined about $1.3 million dollars. That is what they could do. 

"The Simmons side, basically, has told me ‘we are prepared for that ramification.'”

The Sixers and Simmons appear headed for a sour parting after Philadelphia bowed out in the Eastern Conference semi-finals in June.

The Australian star received blame from coach Doc Rivers and teammate Joel Embiid immediately after the 76ers exit from the playoffs.

Despite subsequent backtracking it appears the sting was too much to get past.

Simmons is entering the second year of a five-year, $177.2 million ($A285m) contract and is due $33m ($A53m) in salary in 2021-22.

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Though Simmons is considered a talented playmaker and defender, his inability - or unwillingness - to take shots reared its head during the series loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Rivers said he didn't "know the answer to that right now" when asked if Simmons could be the starting point guard of a championship team.

NBA journalist Marc Stein reported that the Sixers have known of Simmons' desire to be traded "for some time."

Joel Embiid took to Twitter to hose down rumours of a feud between himself and Philadelphia 76ers teammate Ben Simmons, amid a turbulent off-season for the team. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Joel Embiid took to Twitter to hose down rumours of a feud between himself and Philadelphia 76ers teammate Ben Simmons, amid a turbulent off-season for the team. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 76ers have not commented on the reports but it's understood they have been discussing trades involving Simmons since July.

A three-time All-Star, Simmons has started all 275 games he has played in four NBA seasons, all with the 76ers.

He has career averages of 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game.

The 76ers are scheduled to open camp September 28.

Simmons, 25, opted out of representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympics - at which they ended long wait for a maiden medal at a major tournament by winning bronze - to work on his game during the NBA off-season.

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