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Ben Simmons’ and Kyrie Irving’s offseason conflicts could lead to new rules in the NBA

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Every NBA fan is aware of the Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving drama this offseason. On one hand, Simmons openly wants out of Philadelphia. He even went as far as skipping training camp. On the other, Irving remains unvaccinated and, as a result, won’t be able to play this season as of now.

Due to the sagas of both players, the league may introduce new rules to combat contract disputes. Recently, the Nets even withdrew a contract extension offer for Irving. Despite it, he retains his strong stance against getting vaccinated as the season grows closer.

Simmons returned to the 76ers squad, but his offseason antics sit wrong with many within the team. The team is figuring out how to bring him back into the equation following the offseason of drama.

The effect of both players leans heavily on their contract situations. Both are stars within their team and, as a result, hold massive contracts. As a result, teams’ main concerns lie with paying players who can’t even play for them.

In Simmons’ case, it would’ve been because of a trade. For Irving, he may not even play at all this season.

Supermax contracts often muddle teams’ long-term plans as the teams either end up paying luxury taxes or the players ask for trades. Simmons and Irving simply brought more light to this issue in recent news.

Understandably, team officials around the league want a change in the rule book. Most seek changes to protect teams from supermax contract situations, while some just want penalties to players who request trades immediately after signing max contracts.

“There’s gotta be some kind of penalty or fine. These guys sign the supermax and they want to get traded the next day.”

Anonymous Assistant GM

Agents share the same sentiment as they know the ins and outs of the contract world. One even called it a simple “trick of the trade.”

As of late, Simmons’ situation dwindled as he returned to the team. However, Irving still denies vaccination efforts and may not play for the Nets. At least for now.

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