Ben Simmons, now of the Brooklyn Nets, has reportedly submitted a grievance against his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, to recoup $20 million in salary the Sixers withheld from him during his very long standoff with the group.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Bobby Marks, Simmons filed the grievance late final 7 days.
The Sixers had been withholding Simmons’ income since ahead of the recent season started off. He’d been fined for not exhibiting up to teaching camp and missing a preseason recreation, but the team stopped withholding his salary when Simmons reportedly instructed them he did not come to feel “mentally prepared” to participate in for the crew he’d vowed to by no means engage in for once again. The team sooner or later resumed fining him, in section due to Simmons reportedly refusing to give the Sixers updates on his development with psychological well being therapy. In accordance to Shelburne, the Sixers had fined him around $19 million by Feb. 1.
ESPN claimed that the outcome of this grievance could have “bigger league implications amid future challenges of mental health issues and NBA contracts.”
Salary deductions continued following Nets trade
The Sixers have been deducting fines from Simmons’ salary considering that he acquired his 1st paycheck of the period. Simmons, who signed a 5-calendar year, $170 million max extension with the team in 2019, was established to make $33 million this period. In accordance to ESPN, he received a $16.5 million progress on his salary in advance of the period began, so there wasn’t ample to protect the $360,000 great per skipped recreation in each and every of his paychecks. And Simmons’ trade to the Nets on Feb. 10 reportedly did not cease the deductions.
Minus the amount for escrow that was withheld by the NBA, the 76ers had been withholding virtually $1.3 million of Simmons’ wage in each of his paycheck. Which is ongoing due to the fact the trade to the Nets, who are manufactured to deduct income from Simmons’ pay out to wire to the 76ers, sources reported. For the reason that Simmons’ previous paycheck is on April 30, the deductions ought to have over to the offseason.
There is a possible snafu for Simmons. The collective bargaining settlement states that grievances have to be submitted inside 30 days of the triggering party or when the facts grew to become identified. Simmons was traded more than 6 weeks ago, which is outdoors of the 30-working day window. Nonetheless, Simmons’ administration team reportedly thinks that the trade is not the triggering event given that the Sixers have been withholding his income frequently considering that the beginning of the period.