Bogut brands ‘bombshell’ in Simmons standoff a ‘watershed moment’ in NBA history

Andrew Bogut believes Ben Simmons is on the verge of triggering a “watershed” moment as his ugly trade standoff with the Philadelphia 76ers looks no nearing to coming to a resolution.

Over the last decade, the NBA has been moving towards an era of player empowerment, where the league’s biggest stars get a greater say in where they play and when they sign contracts – but the Simmons situation is pushing the bounds even further.

Simmons is desperate to be traded away from the Sixers and the continuous fines being imposed upon him have done nothing to bring an end to the impasse.

The Aussie is in the second year of his max extension with $147m left on his contract yet is demanding to be traded in a situation which has tested the limits of player empowerment even more than what James Harden did last year when he didn’t show up in time for training camp with the Houston Rockets.

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However, Harden was at the end of his contract in Houston whereas Simmons is still at the start and Bogut says if they allow his former Boomers teammate to be traded and get his way, it will mean contracts will essentially become meaningless.

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“Contracts will be written on toilet paper essentially if that’s going to be allowed,” he said on his Rogue Bogues podcast.

“We’ve spoken about this before but it’s generally been James Harden or guys towards the end of their contract, towards the end of their tenure. This is a unique circumstance that the NBA hasn’t faced yet, where a guy signs a big deal and wants out a year later. It’s not good. I’m interested to see [what happens].”

According to Ethan Strauss, the NBA is quietly supporting the Sixers in the ongoing standoff with Simmons, and would back them sitting him for the rest of the season if a trade favourable to them is not forthcoming.

Bogut called this revelation a “bombshell” and a clear attempt for the NBA to take back control from the players, with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) now likely to favour General Managers and owners, rather than players.

If Simmons does force through his desire, it will set a precedent for players like Zion Williamson, who is believed to want to get out of New Orleans sooner rather than later. The league is adamant it doesn’t want to end up in a situation where players with four or five years remaining on their deals are saying they want to leave.

“I hope it all works out but it’s a bombshell in my opinion, that the league is quietly in support of Philly not playing him,” Bogut added.

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“This isn’t a support of don’t play him until you trade him, no, no, they’re in support of we’re just going to sit you for the whole year, you can just rot on the bench or your couch at home and we’re going to keep fining you – which they’re doing again – and the NBA is in full support of it.

“This is a watershed moment. People don’t understand, this is a big moment in contractual disputes and the CBA in the league.

“The next CBA is going to be very, very interesting because there’s going to be some s*** that hits the players in the face coming from owners and GMs that they’re not going to like. They better be ready because there’s going to be something in there that’s going to give owners and GMs more security than they currently have – which is zero.”

Soruce: https://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/nba-2021-ben-simmons-trade-latest-philadelphia-76ers-andrew-bogut-podcast-latest-news/news-story/435a1d4a16d1f45e8a8f2e45068e8ee1

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