The Ben Simmons fines keep coming, now approaching $7 million total
Philadelphia’s favorite basketball player Ben Simmons signed a 5-year $177,243,360 contract with the 76ers at the start of the 2020-21 season. All of that money was guaranteed which was good for an AAV of $35,448,672. This year, Ben Simmons was scheduled to earn a base salary of $33,003,936. Shout out Spotrac.com, which is slowly becoming my favorite website for contract information.
Of course, reading how much Ben Simmons is set to make while he is not playing basketball is not why I like Spotrac so much. The best part about that website is the Fines & Suspensions tab, where we can see exactly how much the Philadelphia 76ers organization is fining Ben Simmons, who has four years left on his contract and refuses to play.
Every day, people email me or slide into my DMs asking how much the Philadelphia 76ers have fined Ben Simmons. The simple answer is not enough, but we are making some significant progress. The Sixers started fining Ben Simmons at the beginning of October this year for failing to show up to work. That has continued throughout the season, excluding a quick break in fines after he met with Doc Rivers and the team and took responsibility for his actions, assuring everyone that he would rejoin them once he was feeling better mentally.
The 76ers resumed the fines after he failed to provide the organization proper medical documents to show what type of treatment he was receiving from the doctors he was going to in regards to his mental health. Throughout that, you had Klutch Sports and Rich Paul stating the fines were actually making Ben Simmons’ mental health worse. Oh well. We’re fining Ben Simmons again, as we should be.
Here’s a look at the reported fines & suspensions for Ben Simmons, and the financial implications courtesy of Spotrac.com
Total Fines: $6,352,798.00
Based on Spotrac’s numbers, the NBA has handed out roughly $13.4 million worth of fines this season. This number isn’t usually as large as it is, but Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been fined along the same amount as Simmons. However, Brooklyn has only charged $5.7 million in fines so far this year.
With Irving in the equation, Ben Simmons accounts for 47% of the league’s fines in 2021. If you don’t include Kyrie Irving, that number soars to 82% of the NBA’s fines.
Nothing warms my heart more than the chart above. If you don’t know me or my Twitter account, I’m a big grudge guy. Ben Simmons has ruined the Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid is carrying the weight but the Sixers are 13-11 and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Tobias Harris has yet to prove himself as the second scoring option and Tyrese Maxey is simply too young to take on that role at this time.
While the 76ers have been linked to Portland in the news over the last few weeks, it doesn’t look like a trade is coming anytime soon. The Sixers have sent a formal offer to the Portland Trail Blazers to see if Damian Lillard can be acquired in a trade, but Portland remains adamant that they wont consider moving Dame until he asks to be moved.
On top of that, the Sixers are not interested in anyone else on Portland if Dame isn’t involved so according to reports, CJ McCollum is not going to be in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform anytime soon.
Point being, the Sixers will continue to fine Ben Simmons. Expect another row to be added to the chart above tonight, as the team takes on the Charlotte Hornets. We are approaching a total of $7 million in fines, how exciting!