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Ben Simmons wants to be treated like the superstar he’s not, and for too long the Sixers gave him his way

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On Oct. 1, the Sixers put $8.25 million of the $33M Simmons is due to make for the 2021-22 season into an escrow account, and from that account they are deducting, per ESPN, roughly $360,000 for every game, preseason or regular season, that Simmons misses. What do you know: On Monday a report broke, via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, that “Discussions have gained momentum on Simmons returning to the Sixers, likely as soon as this week.” Shortly thereafter, Wojnarowksi reported that Simmons has arrived in Philadelphia and taken a COVID test, and that once he clears protocols, he’ll be back on the court.

But Simmons doesn’t appear to be worried about screwing up the organization, because in his mind, the organization – which has had the audacity to ask Simmons, whom it signed to a $170 million extension, to figure out a way to co-exist alongside one of the 10 best players in the world – is what did him wrong in the first place.

And let’s be clear about why Simmons and Embiid don’t fit: Simmons doesn’t shoot.

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