According to ESPN, Simmons has filed a grievance against the Philadelphia 76ers to challenge the almost $20 million of salary that the team withheld from him when he didn’t suit up for the team at the beginning of the current season. The filing was made with the team, the NBA (National Basketball Association) and the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) late this week.
Reporting with @RamonaShelburne and @BobbyMarks42: Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons has filed a grievance to challenge the nearly $20 million of salary withheld to him by the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Story soon on ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 2, 2022
Last season after the 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs, Simmons requested a trade after he didn’t live up to the expectations the team had of him. At the beginning of this season, Simmons cited mental health issues as his reasoning for not suiting up for the team.
Philadelphia states that when Simmons didn’t suit up to play for the team, he was in breach of his contract under the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and National Basketball Players Association. The team feels they had the right to recoup the money they advanced to him before the beginning of the season. Arbitration is the next step in this payment dispute.
The 76ers have stated that their former player breached his player contract when he failed to show up for the start of training camp and refused to participate during the preseason and regular season. Simmons did attend training camp close to the end of the preseason. He reasoned that his mental health was the cause that his participation in team activities was so restricted.
The Philadelphia 76ers started withholding funds from Simmons’ paycheck initially on Nov. 15, which amounted to a per-game salary of $360,000 for each game Simmons skipped this season. Simmons received a $16.5 million advance on his $33 million salary before the start of the season. Based on that amount, there wasn’t enough money in each paycheck to cover the per-game deductions.
Simmons has since been traded to the Brooklyn Nets for disgruntled point guard James Harden on Feb. 10.