Report: 76ers not fining Simmons, still hoping to get him back this season

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The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly not fining Ben Simmons, as he obeys team requests, as the organization is still hoping to get him back on the floor this season.

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According to Charania, the 76ers have not been fining Simmons as he "fulfills team obligations such as training sessions and team meetings as well as continuing to meet with mental health specialists."

NBA reporter Marc Stein, who reported the Atlanta Hawks are potential suitors for Simmons last week, states the 76ers' main priority remains to try and get Simmons back on the floor for the team this season.

Shams Charania of The Athletic believes a Hawks package for Simmons would likely include John Collins and Cam Reddish. "It’s obvious Joh Collins and Cam Reddish are among the players who could acquiesce a package for Simmons. It’s unclear whether the Hawks are ready to put such a proposal on the table after making a run to the Eastern Conference finals a season ago," Charania writes.

The Hawks, of course, eliminated the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season in a Game 7 in Philly, where Simmons' ended the postseason with a string of non-existent offensive fourth quarters, culminating in that final game where he passed on an open dunk.

Collins is a 24-year-old 6'9" forward who signed a five-year, $125 million deal last offseason. He is averaging 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds this season, while shooting an improved and impressive 42.7-percent from three on 3.0 attempts per game.

Reddish, 22, was the Hawks' 10th overall pick in 2019. For his career, he is averaging 11.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game while shooting 32.9-percent from beyond the arc.

Other than Collins and Reddish, two attractive young ascending players, the Hawks also have 23-year-old scorer Kevin Huerter, plus some talented veterans in 29-year-old Bogdan Bogdanović and 33-year-old Danilo Gallinari.

Simmons, 25, is a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA first team defender. He 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.

The NBA Trade Deadline is on February 10th.