Ben Simmons spoke for the first time this week with the Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Reverse and president of basketball operations Daryl Mori in all offseason. Prior to that, Simmons’ only contact with the team was through his agent, Rich Paul. As you might expect, some of those conversations were not smooth.
Jake Fisher of the Bleacher Report released a long story on Wednesday that explains some of the current dynamics between Simmons and ers years old. According to Fischer, there was a conversation between Reverse and Paul during the offseason where Reverse cursed the agent for refusing to report to his client’s team.
“It’s in your final contract,” Rivers shouted at Paul during a meeting at his home.
Simmons signed a five-year, $ 170 million extension with the Sixers two years ago. That fat deal is one of the many factors that have made it difficult for him to do business.
Many believe Simmons decided to report to Philly this week because he was fined nearly 1 1 million, but Simmons was never worried about his salary being stuck. The former first-overall pick believed that if and when a trade was consolidated he would somehow be able to recover the money.
The Sixers have maintained all the offseason reversals that Simmons wants to return, and he repeated it this week. However, his relationship with Simmons was under a microscope as the coach gave him a chance to throw his support behind Simmons after the playoffs.
While Doc was heated about presenting his comments to reporters, some NBA officials told Fisher that they believed “especially River’s remarks are reprehensible for a coach.” The rivers did not throw Simmons under the bus the way Joel MBE paid.
For now, Simmons is back with the Sixers. He still wants a trade, so both sides can hope that his return will help ease one.