Ben Simmons, Sixers reach settlement after All-Star filed grievance to recoup part of $20 million, per report



Although Ben Simmons was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Brooklyn Nets more than six months ago, there were still some loose ends to tie up between the All-Star guard and his former team. Simmons filed a complaint against the Sixers in April in a bid to get back some of the nearly $20 million in salary Philadelphia withheld from him last season for refusing to play in games before being traded. Now the two sides have come to an agreement, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, although the exact amount will be in dollars stay confidential.

Simmons asked for a trade from the Sixers before the start of last season and was adamant that he wouldn’t play again until the Sixers split him elsewhere. When he failed to show up for the start of training camp last season and refused to play in the preseason and regular season games, the Sixers found the All-Defensive guard violating his contract. As result, Philadelphia started withholding pay per game of $360,000 for every game he missed. For every salary Simmons received, the Sixers withheld $1.3 million, which rose to nearly $20 million last season.

While the Sixers found Simmons in breach of contract, the 26-year-old guard cited his mental health as the reason why he was unfit for Philadelphia last season. While we don’t know the exact dollar amount that Simmons recovered from the Sixers, this settlement could officially bookend his time with the team and allow both sides to move forward.

Simmons can now fully focus on making his highly anticipated debut with the Nets. After being traded to Brooklyn last season, Simmons was unfit for one game due to a back injury. But the Nets team he ends up sharing the floor with may look very different from the team he was traded to last season, as the futures of both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been in question for more than two months. Durant requested a trade from Brooklyn at the start of the free agency and has not wavered in that stance, while the Nets are rumored to be trading Irving elsewhere, possibly to the Los Angeles Lakers.

For the Sixers, officially ending the Simmons chapter with the completion of this settlement means the team can look ahead to the championship battle with Joel Embiid and James Harden at the center of it all. Ironically, the Sixers have been linked with possible trade for Durant, but they are just one of many teams eager to acquire the two-time Finals MVP.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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