Ben Simmons Lists Philadelphia Residence For Sale at $3.1M Amid 76ers Trade Rumors

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVOctober 5, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons plays during Game 7 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons has reportedly placed one of his properties in the city—a location within The Ritz-Carlton Residences of Philadelphia—on the market amid trade rumors and has also discussed selling his home in the suburb of Moorestown, New Jersey.

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that Simmons is asking $3.1 million for his place at The Ritz and would seek $4.9 million for the New Jersey house.

The 25-year-old LSU product didn't report for Sixers' training camp while awaiting a trade.

Philadelphia's front office responded by placing $8.25 million owed to Simmons on Friday into an escrow instead, and the team is planning to take roughly $360,000 from that account as a fine for each game he doesn't show up for throughout the preseason and regular season if a trade doesn't happen, per ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks.

Pompey reported Friday the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors were among the teams that have recently checked in on Simmons' availability.

The point guard came under fire after the Sixers were eliminated from the 2021 NBA playoffs in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks. He scored just 19 points over the series' final three games and infamously passed up a wide-open layup in the final minutes of Game 7.

Sixers teammate Joel Embiid said last week he felt the franchise did everything in its power to build a roster to help Simmons, who's a strong all-around contributor aside from struggles with his shooting.

"I feel like our teams have been built, whether it's the shooting need or stretch 5 and all that stuff, I feel like [Simmons] always had it here. And we still have it," Embiid told reporters. "... Our teams have always been built around his needs."

The superstar center added: "The situation is disappointing, borderline kind of disrespectful to all the guys that are out here fighting for their lives."

Meanwhile, Philly's front office has made it clear it's not just going to dump him to end the saga and will wait for what they feel is a fair-market offer, per Pompey.

"The team's position that it won't trade him just to make a trade has been consistent," Pompey wrote Tuesday. "The Sixers are trying to win a championship and believe they're in a better position to win one with him on the roster."

It doesn't appear that stance has moved Simmons any closer to returning to the team as he put up a home for sale and is working toward potentially listing the other one.

The 76ers are scheduled to open the regular season Oct. 20 when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans.


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