Simmons reportedly informed the Sixers that he wants to be traded and that he doesn’t plan to attend training camp in Philadelphia, which begins next week. The team is looking to bring Simmons back into the fold, for the time being,
The Sixers remain intent on trying to convince Simmons to report to camp, and he still plans not to attend, according to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein. The Sixers obviously don’t have to trade Simmons since he’s under contract for four more seasons, but by not trading him in a timely manner they run the risk of Simmons souring the locker room until he is traded – if he even shows up. Here’s a quick look at how the Sixers could potentially go about fining Simmons if he doesn’t show up for training camp, from ESPN:
Under Article VI, Section 1 of the collective bargaining agreement, a player who fails to render services would be suspended and could be fined up to 1/145th of the player’s base compensation for each day he does not show up.