June 24, Rich Paul meets with Sixers brass
Shortly after the Sixers season came to an end, Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, met with the team’s front office regarding Simmons’ future in Philadelphia.
July 13, Sixers open Simmons trade talks with a high asking price
In mid-July, the Sixers opened up trading talks surrounding Simmons with a very high asking price. “So him not going to be here, it is disappointing. But like I said to guys on the team, to all of us, he’s still part of our team, Ben is still part of our team, he’s still got 15 guys in that locker room, probably seven or eight who played with him last year, that’s still his brother, and he’s still our brother as well. So we hope the situation could get resolved.”
Sept. 28 Simmons misses training camp
The Sixers held their training camp ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season in Camden from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 and Simmons missed all of it. “Some guys rely on the team being successful to stay in the league and make money somehow. Because if you’re on a winning team, you’re always going to have a spot in the league, just because you’re on a winning team and you contributed.”
Oct. 1, Sixers withhold $8.25 million that was due to Simmons
On Friday, Oct. 1, Simmons was due a quarter of his contract for the 2021-22 season from the Sixers, and there was some ongoing speculation about whether the team would pay him that money – they didn’t.