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Ben Simmons: I Didn't Handle Things The Right Way, Sixers Didn't Either

Sep 22, 2022 3:21 PM

Ben Simmons spoke candidly about his experience with the Philadelphia 76ers during a podcast appearance with JJ Redick.

"I was in such a bad place where I was like, f---, I'm trying to get here and you guys are, like, throwing all these other things at me to where you're not helping. And that's all I wanted, was help," Simmons said.

"I didn't feel like I got it from coaches, teammates -- I won't say all teammates, because there's great guys on that team that did reach out and are still my friends -- but I didn't feel like I got that, and it was just a tough place for me."

Simmons was kicked out of practice by Doc Rivers for being a "distraction" after Simmons declined several times to sub in for a drill. He ultimately was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

"I actually spoke to Doc before practice. I was like, 'Doc, I'm not ready. Mentally, I'm not ready. Please just understand that,'" Simmons said on the podcast. "I tried to let him know prior, and he was like, 'Well, I'm going to put you in anyway.' I'm like, 'All right.' He told me to get in. I looked at him. It was like one minute into practice, like, 'Ben, get in.'

"I'm like, first of all, no one's doing that. You're doing this on purpose. And that's how I felt, too. It seems like everyone's trying to f--- with me now. I'm getting fined for not lifting weights, but physically I'm one of the strongest guys on the f---ing team. So now they're fining me for little things. It was just a buildup. Obviously, I didn't handle things the right way, but, also, the team didn't either, and the people who had that power."


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NBA Initiated Tampering Investigation On 76ers, Knicks With Findings Expected Within Weeks

Sep 14, 2022 10:01 PM

The NBA initiated its investigations on potential tampering conducted this offseason by the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks as it was not based on a complaint from a team.

"The statuses of those investigations are ongoing. Hopefully they’ll be wrapped up in the next few weeks," said Adam Silver.

"I think what prompted them was sort of just the tick-tock chronology around sort of when signings are permissible and the announcements of those signings and the information that came out about them, which was cause for the league office to investigate."

Last year, the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls were each forced to forfeit a second round pick due to tampering charges. 

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Montrezl Harrell, 76ers Agree To Two-Year Deal

Sep 6, 2022 4:00 PM

Montrezl Harrell has agreed to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Harrell will have a player option in Year 2.

Harrell will reunite with Doc Rivers, who he played for with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Harrell was one of the NBA's last remaining free agents who was certain of finding a roster spot. Harrell finished last season with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Nets, 76ers Interested In Signing Markieff Morris

Aug 28, 2022 1:11 PM

As was previously reported, the Brooklyn Nets have explored the idea signing free agent forward Markieff Morris. According to Marc Stein, the Nets may have some competition for Morris from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Morris is a Philadelphia native, and the Sixers are still looking to add additional frontcourt depth behind Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. As it stands now, P.J. Tucker and Georges Niang project to be the primary backups in the frontcourt.

Morris played for the Miami Heat last season, which was his 11th in the NBA. Just as the veteran forward was rounding into form, Morris was injured in an altercation with Nikola Jokic in an early-November game. Morris was out with whiplash for over four months.

As for Brooklyn, the Nets are still looking to add depth as they rebuild their rotation. Kevin Durant has withdrawn his trade request, which has the Nets considering adding veterans to their bench.

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Sixers At Celtics Rounds Out Opening Night On October 18

Aug 16, 2022 1:20 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers will play at the Boston Celtics to open the NBA season on October 18, reported Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Lakers will be at the Warriors in the second game.

In addition, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports! reported that Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves will face the Jazz on October 21 in Minnesota. 

The league also announced its 5-game Christmas slate over the weekend.


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Ben Simmons, Sixers Reach Confidential Settlement Over 21-22 Wages

Aug 15, 2022 7:03 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons have reached a confidential settlement on the nearly $20 million withheld from his contract last season. Simmons signed a five-year, $170 million contract extension in 2019 with the Sixers.

Simmons cited his mental health for the reason his participation in team activities was limited.

The 76ers maintained Simmons was in breach of contract for failing to show up for the start of training camp and refusing to play in preseason and regular season games.

Beginning with Simmons' first paycheck on Nov. 15, Philadelphia began to take back the per-game salary of $360,000 for each game Simmons missed in the season. Because Simmons received a $16.5 million advance of his $33 million salary in the offseason, there wasn't enough money in each paycheck to cover the per-game deductions.

The 76ers traded Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets at last season's deadline.

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NBA Christmas Day Games Set To Feature Eight 2022 Playoff Teams

Aug 14, 2022 7:28 PM

Christmas Day is one of the marquee dates on the NBA calendar. The 2022 Christmas Day slate will reportedly feature eight 2022 playoff teams. The games schedule for the Christmas quintuple-header are:

Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks

Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics

Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks

Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets

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RealGM Radio: Jared Weiss and Jared Dubin On the Atlantic Division (Aug 2022)

Aug 11, 2022 3:36 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Jared Weiss of The Athletic (@JaredWeissNBA) and Jared Dubin of FiveThirtyEight (@JADubin5) in-depth on the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

They discuss how the 76ers, Celtics, Nets, Raptors and Knicks fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Kevin Durant Views Celtics, 76ers As Desirable Destinations

Aug 10, 2022 1:40 PM

Kevin Durant has interest in a trade to the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell Ian Begley of Durant was previously focused on the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat, who each likely lack the assets necessary to trade for him.

The Celtics and Brooklyn Nets engaged last month on a trade centered around Durant for Jaylen Brown.

The Nets have sought the inclusion of Marcus Smart, who Durant would like to play with if he's traded to the Celtics.

Brown has been the best single player offered to the Nets in a trade for Durant.

The Sixers would have to include Tyrese Maxey in a trade for Durant along with some combination of Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and other assets. The Sixers already sent a number of assets to the Nets as part of the James Harden trade.

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James Harden Has 15 Percent Trade Kicker In Contract With Sixers

Aug 9, 2022 11:22 AM

James Harden negotiated a 15 percent trade bonus in his new two-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Harden will earn $33 million in Year 1 and has a player option for 23-24 worth $35.64 million.

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NBA Launches Investigation Of Sixers' Signings Of James Harden, P.J. Tucker, Danuel House

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James Harden Officially Signs Two-Year, $68M Deal With Sixers

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James Harden's Deal With Sixers Drawing 'Suspicion In Some Corners Of League'

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Sixers Announce Plans, Site For New Downtown Philadelphia Arena

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James Harden Re-Signs With Sixers On Two-Year, $68.6M Deal

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James Harden To Daryl Morey: Sign Whoever, Give Me What's Left Over

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NBA Expected To Investigate Sixers Signing Of PJ Tucker

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Other Teams Eagerly Waiting For Arbitration Ruling Between Ben Simmons, Sixers

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James Harden Agrees To Two-Year, $67M Deal With 76ers

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Rockets Received Trade Offers On Eric Gordon From Sixers, Heat, Bucks, Suns

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Mavericks, Sixers Not Interested In Trading For Kyrie Irving

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Sixers 'Keeping An Eye' On Kyrie Irving Situation

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James Harden Meeting With Sixers To Negotiate New Multiyear Deal

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James Harden, 76ers To Discuss Contract Over Weekend

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Trevelin Queen, 76ers Agree To Two-Year, $3.3M Deal

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P.J. Tucker, 76ers Agree To Three-Year, $33.2M Deal

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Danuel House, 76ers Agree To Two-Year, $8.5M Deal

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P.J. Tucker To Receive Interest From 76ers, Wolves, Nets, Hawks, Bulls

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James Harden Declines $47.4M Player Option To Sign Long-Term With Sixers

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76ers Acquire De'Anthony Melton From Grizzlies For David Roddy, Danny Green

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