Ben Simmons is apparently broke and his cash flow problems could force him to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to 94WIP's Howard Eskin.
"I was told by somebody very reliable he may be tapped out, broke," Eskin said on Tuesday's 94WIP Evening Show with Joe Giglio. "Cash flow broke. Because he's losing so much money, but he spent so much money. 17.5 million dollar home, remember he has to pay taxes too. 17.5 million dollar home. He's got two homes in the Philadelphia area, probably worth eight or nine million. He buys a new car every month, four or five hundred thousand. He just spends money like it's nothing because he thinks it never ends. And the person that told, it's very reliable that he has got serious cash flow issues.
Last week, Simmons—who says he is dealing with mental health issues—was fined by the Sixers for skipping the team's six game road trip.
"Remember this trip, he doesn't get paid for any games, so that's well over two million," Eskin continued. "He may have to come back. I don't want him to come back, stay broke...I thought he was going to be out the whole year, now he may have to come back just to get some money."
Simmons, 25, has yet to play a game yet for the team this season after requesting a trade months ago. Simmons is reportedly working with team doctors to help him mentally prepare to return to the court.
Simmons, a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA first team defender, teamer signed a five-year contract worth $170 million in 2019. He has already made approximate $90 million and he is due around another $114 million over the next three seasons, according to spotrac.com.
As a team, the Sixers have dealt with COVID-19 absences, forcing Joel Embiid to miss the last eight games. Over that eight game span, the Sixers are just 2-6, but have received incredible play from second-year point guard Tyrese Maxey.