NBA superstar Ben Simmons is facing a difficult few weeks ahead of him after refusing to return to the Philadelphia 76ers until he is traded – akin to the move pulled by Harry Kane when the striker wanted to leave Tottenham.
Simmons, who is the boyfriend of Maya Jamaa TV personality, still has four years on his current contract which makes him $33million annually.
He cannot trade the franchise until his current contract expires.
He has reportedly decided to leave the team for next week’s training camp, even though he appears to have the option.
According to reports, the defensive powerhouse is interested in a move to California. However, the Golden State Warriors aren’t interested.
That leaves only the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings as California-based options.
Joe Lacob, the Warriors’ team owner, was penalized $50,000 for violating NBA’s tampering regulations to discuss Simmons.
He stated that it didn’t fit with what he was doing. He is a millionaire.
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“And, can he finish games? I don’t know. He’s very talented. The problem is: We have Draymond [Green]. Draymond and him are very similar in the sense that neither one really shoots and they do a lot of the playmaking. That’s one issue. The salary structure is another.”
The Brooklyn Nets could be linked to a deal to acquire Simmons. But they would likely have to part with Kyrie Irving.
ESPN’s Stephen A Smith stated earlier this week that he believes a trade between Eastern conference teams would have been possible if Irving had not been accompanied by Kevin Durant, his friend and teammate.
However, he quickly backtracked on those comments, saying in a tweet: “Here we go with the lies again. I never said any trade offers were made regarding Kyrie & Brooklyn Nets.
“What I said is, they would do a deal to swap Kyrie for Ben Simmons in a heartbeat, but Durant ain’t having it. He loves Kyrie. He won’t have that!”
Jama and Simmons were married at Wimbledon in early this year. They have often shared photos on social media.