Ben Simmons didn’t get paid this season until he was traded from the 76ers to the Nets on February 10. Before that, Philly withheld his salary as part of his dispute with the organization. He wanted out, citing mental health issues, the team wanted him to fulfill his contract obligations. So Simmons did not receive $20 million of the $33 million owed him.
Now, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Simmons is filing a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement to get all or part of that money back.
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
The NBPA, the players’ union, is supporting Simmons in his grievance which was filed with the 76ers and league.
One of the keys to Simmons’ argument will likely be the CBA clause that excuses absences due to mental health issues.
Simmons, of course, is one of two Nets who gave up eight digits worth of pay this season. The Nets fined Kyrie Irving for not being ready to play, that is vaccinated, through the end of 2021.
In terms of specifics, Woj reports that because of the way Simmons contract is structured, the Nets are paying the Sixers to essentially reimburse them for money already paid to Simmons.
- Sources: Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons files grievance to challenge nearly $20 million withheld by Philadelphia 76ers - Adrian Wojnarowski & Ramona Shelburne - ESPN
- Ben Simmons files grievance to recoup nearly $20 million of salary withheld by the Sixers - Keith Pompey - Philadelphia Inquirer
- Ben Simmons files grievance to restore nearly $20 million in salary 76ers withheld - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets’ Ben Simmons files grievance against 76ers, report says - Laura Albanese - Newsday
- Ben Simmons’ Grievance Has Major Implications For Disgruntled NBA Stars - Bryan Toporek - Forbes Sports Money