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Since parting ways with the Philadelphia 76ers, former top draft pick Ben Simmons has transitioned from being one of the NBA’s most skilled guards to being viewed as prone to injuries and one of the highest-paid players in the league with the Brooklyn Nets.

Simmons and Joel Embiid were once seen as a formidable duo, potentially making the 76ers a dominant force in the Eastern Conference.

However, following their separation, Embiid has thrived, winning the NBA MVP title and solidifying his status as one of the premier centers in the game, while Simmons has experienced a decline and may be closer to exiting the league than staging a comeback.

Fortunately for Brooklyn, they have Simmons contracted for only one more season at a substantial $40.3 million for the 2024-25 NBA season, a figure they are keen on offloading in exchange for assets before he becomes a free agent.

Given Simmons’ drastic downfall, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith did not mince words, suggesting that Simmons should be incarcerated for his hefty earnings despite minimal on-court contributions, during an episode of “The OGs Show.”

The intriguing challenge ahead for the Nets is whether they can rid themselves of Simmons’ contract this season as part of their reset plan, having already traded Mikal Bridges to the New York Knicks and seemingly preparing to part ways with all valuable players.

Time alone will reveal the outcome in Brooklyn, but it’s evident that the front office faces a formidable task.

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