Simmons has informed the 76ers that he wants to be traded, and will not attend training camp with the team if he isn’t moved. That could be significant, and might show how seriously the Sixers will take the situation. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on “The Hoop Collective” podcast that the Sixers can fine Simmons for skipping camp, and the sum would be significant. “Bobby Marks set me straight on this. (Simmons) can be fined $227,000 a day for not showing up,” Windhorst said. “Typically, NBA teams, especially in training camp, work six days a week. That means that if they wanted to fine him for every week, he could be fined about $1.3 million dollars. That is what they could do. The Simmons side, basically, has told me ‘we are prepared for that ramification.’”
Marc Stein: It is difficult to envision the NBA invalidating Miami’s sign-and-trade deal for Kyle Lowry or Chicago’s expected acquisition of Lonzo Ball, but the penalties for wrongdoing — if proven — would have to be much stiffer than what Milwaukee faced in the Bogdan Bogdanovic case.
Marc Stein: Milwaukee was only fined $50,000 and docked a future second-round pick in large part because the Bucks, remember, did not get Bogdanovic in the end. If impermissible contact is proven in this summer’s cases, wrist slaps won’t cut it.