Basketball star Ben Simmons supports his commitment to the Australian national team – while negotiating a contract of no less than 240 million NBA
- Ben Simmons is ready to step out of the Australian national team in the World Cup
- His manager reported that he would instead prepare for the next NBA season
- Simmons reportedly negotiates a deal of $ 240 million with the Philadelphia 76ers
Basketball superstar Ben Simmons is now & # 39; doubtful & # 39; to play for Australia during the World Cup.
In a big blow to the Boomers' hope of demanding a medal in China in September, US agent Rich Paul of Simmons said the All-Star guard would rather spend his NBA off-season on his game in preparation for a new one championship commotion with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The announcement to Australian basketball fans who were expecting to see Simmons led the Boomers against the United States in two pre-World Cup exhibition games in Melbourne in August.
& # 39; Simmons is now more inclined to spend its full off-season preparation just for the Sixers season – free from national team responsibilities, & # 39; ESPN reported.
Basketball superstar Ben Simmons is now & # 39; doubtful & # 39; to play for Australia during the World Cup and will focus on the next season of the NBA game for the Philadelphia 76ers
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Earlier this month, the 22-year-old reportedly started negotiating a $ 240 million five-year contract to continue playing for the Philadelphia team, a deal that, if completed, would make him Australia's best-paid athlete.
The deal was criticized by those who did not believe he was worth the money because of his lack of a reliable shot from outside.
This weakness was heavily unmasked during the February game against the Lakers when LeBron left James Simmons undefended to take a three-point shot and he missed.
During the 2018-19 NBA season, Simmons was cagey when reporters asked him to play for Australia during the World Cup, but only a few days after the end of the 76ers season he announced on social media that Boomers would play.
Earlier this month, the 22-year-old reportedly started negotiating a $ 240 million five-year contract to continue playing for the Philadelphia team, a deal that, if finalized, would make him the best-paid athlete in Australia.
The star from Melbourne announced his dedication to the Australian national team, before uploading images of his companion number 25 Guernsey later last month.
& # 39; I'm going to be a Boomer for upcoming events, so keep an eye on it & # 39 ;, he said in a video on Twitter.
He followed the announcement with a sister post to the Chinese social network Weibo and thanked them for their support in the NBA season.
Ni Ni Hao China! Thanks for all the support this season, it was a hard way to go out, & Simmons signed the video.
& # 39; I am happy to say that I am looking forward to representing my country of Australia in the upcoming competition at the FIBA World Cup in China. & # 39;
The announcement received huge support from Australian and Chinese fans.
Simmons was reportedly a major highlight in Australia's World Cup line-up and leaves Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis looking for a replacement for the exhibition games against Canada from mid-August.
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