How does Ben Simmons return impact Dallas Mavericks? 1. Keep star players
What made Simmons's holdout different is he has four years and $146.7 million remaining on his contract. The 25-year-old just completed the first season of his second deal, so his reporting was a win for the Sixers and the entire league. Teams do not want an All-Star player to have the ability to decide he wants to be traded at the drop of a hat, and his team being forced to honor it.
The best thing for Philadelphia might turn out to be trading away Ben Simmons, but with four years left on his contract, they should have the right to wait for the deal that meets their expectations.
Ben Simmons returning to market is a win for any team that ever has an All-Star player. He lost nearly $1 million in fines for holding out before showing up. This saga is not over, but it could be a future look at how things are decided for any star player. The league could not have the precedent that the talent can just sit out and the team is forced to pay and eventually trade them.
The Dallas Mavericks were likely happy to Simmons report to Philadelphia, even if it means making the two games against the Sixers this season that much more difficult. Will the three-time All-Star decide to play for his team this season? Stay tuned for plenty more on this developing story, but his return is massive for all 30 teams.