How would the NBA intervene in the Ben Simmons-76ers saga?
Over the last few days, there have been several rumors about the looming consequences of Ben Simmons’ ongoing situation with the Philadelphia 76ers. Yesterday, Adam Silver made some comments about the actions from that morning and didn’t look to be pleased Simmons was stealing the limelight from the NBA’s opening night. Meanwhile, earlier today, John Kincade of 97.5 said he heard the NBA would be stepping in within the next 24-36 hours.
The one continuous question people are asking is, “What more can the NBA do?”. Philadelphia has done a tremendous job holding its ground, and the NBA is likely pleased Daryl Morey hasn’t given in yet. The 76ers continue to suspend Simmons for his actions but have also left the door open if he wants to return.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Ben Simmons has already forfeited $1.4 million of his salary this season after missing all four preseason games. Now, 97.5 also reportedly said that the Sixers could only suspend Ben Simmons 20 games before the league steps in.
Spending almost an hour reading over the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and researching prior significant suspensions, I have yet to determine if this is accurate or not. The only piece relevant to this information I found in the CBA is the NBA can fine more money per missed game if the suspension is over 20 games.
97.5’s statement could be in there, but the document is over 500 pages long. Have you ever read your full terms and conditions from Apple? I didn’t think so. What is going on with Ben Simmons is so bizarre there is no relevant comparison to base it on. He is one of the most fined players ever, and there looks to be no end in sight.
My guess for what more the league can do is increase the fines if the actions continue. Both the league and the Sixers want Simmons to return and be punished every time he refuses to participate. The current strategy is perfect from Philadelphia, but the NBA would likely release a statement saying how they don’t condone Simmons’ actions.
Maybe Adam Silvers penalizes Rich Paul and Klutch, but this is purely speculation, and I have no clue if the league holds the power to do that. In the meantime, the 76ers are getting ready for their season opener tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans.
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