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RUMOR: Ben Simmons camp makes desperation move amid Sixers trade fiasco

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The Philadelphia 76ers are exercising their biggest trump card over Ben Simmons as he continues to hold out for a possible trade – and it’s reportedly working.

Kyle Neubeck of the PhillyVoice revealed that the most recent financial blow to Simmons, a reported $360,000 for missing the Sixers’ preseason contest, has really stung. The All-Star’s camp was said to have reached out to the NBPA to get some help, but they were ultimately rebuffed.

Via PhillyVoice:

“After being fined for missing Philadelphia’s preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night — a penalty of roughly $360,000 — Simmons’ representation had another discussion with the players association in which it was reiterated they would be unable to recoup the money being deducted from the $8.25 million sitting in escrow, sources say, and it was communicated to the Sixers that these early fines were perhaps higher than they expected.”

The fact that the Sixers would potentially impose fines on Ben Simmons isn’t new. But apparently seeing them come to reality, at a figure higher than they expected, has his side wavering just a little bit. The hit to his pocket is reportedly “starting to take hold” within Simmons’ camp.

The Ben Simmons-Sixers trade drama isn’t nearing a resolution just yet, but this could potentially kick things into overdrive.