Philadelphia – The 76ers announced Tuesday afternoon that Ben Simmons He was suspended for one game for detrimental behavior to the team, which caused him to miss the team’s opening game in New Orleans against the Pelicans.
The statement was released late in team training on Tuesday – after Simmons was dismissed from training by 76ers coach Doc Rivers. Sources told Wojnarowski that Simmons was fired primarily for refusing to substitute a drill.
“I thought it was a distraction today,” Rivers said Tuesday after training. “I didn’t think he wanted to do what other people were doing. It was early. It wasn’t a big deal. I just told him he had to go. We kept practicing.”
Sources told Wojnarowski that the 76ers fined Simmons $1.4 million for missing four pre-season games ($360,000 each) and slapped the team with multiple fines for absenteeism from practices, court sessions and meetings. Simmons hasn’t made any money since returning with the team on October 11.
Sources told Wojnarowski that Simmons’ reluctance to engage Simmons physically and mentally with the Sixers since his return has been a consistent topic.
Star hub from Sixers, Joel EmbiidOn Tuesday, he said he wasn’t here to “care for Simmons’ kids.”
“At the moment, I don’t care about this guy,” Embiid said. “He does what he wants.”
Tuesday was the third day in a row that Simmons trained with the team after passing NBA health and safety protocols to re-enter the league. He returned to the team on Monday after missing the first two weeks of training, while lurking in hopes of meeting his off-season trade request.
“Every day and every moment, I’m going to give Ben a chance to join the team and be part of the team,” Rivers said on Tuesday. “He’s under contract to be part of the team and that’s not going to change. Sometimes it happens quickly and the guys come back. Sometimes not. Either way and by me, it’s okay.”
He worked with the second team practically on Sunday and Monday, and left the court immediately after both operations ended.
Rivers had previously declined to say when Simmons would return to the field with the team to play a game.