- Aug 1, 2006
Also, he has a good shot to get paid. They can suspend and fine him, but the union is gonna file a grievance, he shows up to practice, there isn't really a clear way to determine what "adequate effort in practice" is under the CBA, so he'll argue that they just don't want to pay him because he wants to be traded and they haven't agreed to a deal yet.Showing up and being difficult was always the path to forcing Morey's hand re timing of a trade. The question in my mind was whether Simmons could be that confrontational given his personality.
Sounds like he tried it for one day, albeit in his own style, by being "disengaged." Then, the team responded quickly and publically in an effort to nip it in the bud. If Simmons can keep it up, he will get out of their sooner rather than later. By being present he has the opportunity to be a constant ongoing distraction, in a way that can torpedo a season.