Ben Simmons returned to the city of brotherly love.
The 76ers’ distant defender arrived at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night as the team won 115-104 against the Nets ahead of the season, ESPN.com reports. Apparently, Simmons ’arrival surprised the Sixers organization that awaits him this weekend.
After landing in Philadelphia from Los Angeles, Simmons passed the COVID-19 test under the NBA Health and Safety Protocol to return to the game.
The All-Star Guard, who asked to trade early in the summer, is expected to meet with the Sixers ’front office at the team’s training ground on Tuesday.
Simmons’ return to Philadelphia is not a clear sign of his active joining the 76ers. He can still report to the team, but in the hopes of continuing to sit back and secure the sale, he said he wanted to in a meeting with head coach Doc Rivers and team management in August.
Perhaps the team and Simmons could discuss the defender’s press day, training session, and what financial penalties he would have if he didn’t report before the season. His maximum contract he signed in 2019 is 4 years and $ 147 million left.
Under the NBA team deal, Simmons lost $ 360,000 for each of the two games he played before the missed season. He was reportedly fined $ 15,000 for three missed training sessions by the Sixers ($ 2,500 for the first, $ 5,000 for the second, and $ 7,500 for the third).
The new report came two weeks after Philadelphia Simmons was told on Oct. 1 that she hAcesparks’t paid the $ 8.25 million she owed because she wasn’t on the team.
According to ESPN, Simmons ’relationship with the Sixers continued because he wanted to comment – Philadelphia never came close to finding a deal to release Simmons. The Sixers are reportedly not in active trade talks about Simmons.
Whether Simmons is fit for the Sixers this season is not yet clear. He has yet to resolve the broken relationship.