Ben Simmons’ NBA Playoffs campaign ended in disaster for the Philadelphia 76ers but there is no such problem off the court.
The 24-year-old Aussie three-time NBA All-Star went public at Wimbledon with his new flame, 26-year-old BBC television and radio presenter Maya Jama.
Jama has had plenty of different roles on British TV and is currently the host of reality show Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star as well as being a celebrity guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. She also has a fashion line and range of skincare masks.
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Sitting courtside for Novak Djokovic’s straight sets demolition of Chilean 17th seed Cristian Garin, Simmons and Jama set tongues wagging as the pair shared some PDA in the stands.
The pair had sparked relationship speculation a fortnight ago after they were spotted at London restaurant Sexy Fish before leaving in the same car.
Simmons appears to be trying to take a low profile in the NBA off-season after his disastrous finish to the season, and featured in Jama’s Instagram Stories, although refused to show his face.
Maya Jama and Ben Simmons loved up at Wimbledon. Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImageSource:Getty Images
Ben Simmons and Maya Jama t Wimbledon. Photo by David M. Benett/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
But the pictures from Wimbledon show he’s moved on from his last high profile relationship.
Simmons has had a successful dating career in the past with an on-again, off-again relationship with model and Kardashian Kendall Jenner.
Jenner is now dating Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker with the pair having reportedly been together for more than a year.
Ben Simmons with former flame Kendall Jenner in 2018. Photo by BACKGRID AustraliaSource:Supplied
But the news of Simmons’ new flame come at a time where his NBA stock has never been lower.
The Aussie star was a clear second in the defensive player of the year behind Utah’s Rudy Gobert but once again the 76ers collapsed in the NBA Finals, with plenty of blame landing at Simmons’ feet.
The trade rumours surrounding the 24-year-old have been flying around the league since Simmons’ agent, and CEO of Klutch Sports, Rich Paul met with the 76ers’ top brass at the NBA Combine to discuss trade possibilities.
However, it may be difficult for the 76ers to get the right trade for the 2016 first-overall draft pick. After a horrendous postseason, Simmons’ trade value is at an all-time low.
Simmons shot only 34.2 per cent from the free-throw line this postseason. He now owns the record for the lowest playoff free-throw percentage in NBA history for a player with 70 attempts.
Simmons also let his team down by only scoring only five points in a crucial Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
But it appears Simmons has no such problems off the court.
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