The Philadelphia 76ers will begin training camp just over six weeks from now, and all eyes remain on what will happen with former No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons.
We have heard multiple reports over recent weeks about where Simmons could potentially end up, but nothing has transpired as we head into the middle of the NBA offseason.
Rich Paul of Klutch Sports represents Simmons. Paul has several big-time NBA stars as his clients, and it’s no doubt he is one of the most powerful agents in the business. It will be interesting to see how Paul approaches getting Simmons into the best situation for the three-time All-Star.
To gain some perspective from an agent’s standpoint, I was joined by super-agent Leigh Steinberg to discuss the Simmons drama and how he would handle the situation as his representation.
Steinberg has a laundry list of superstar clients. Before the 2020 NFL season, he negotiated Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ record-breaking 10-year deal worth $450 million. He has also represented several other NFL stars, including Steve Young, Troy Aikman and Bruce Smith.
Steinberg has been a player agent since 1974 and has negotiated more than $4 billion in salaries for his 300-plus clients. In addition, Steinberg is credited with being the real-life inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Jerry Maguire.