Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons has filed a complaint with the Philadelphia 76ers for paying about $ 20 million withheld from him, ESPN reported Saturday.
Complaints will go through arbitration. It was shared with the team, the NBA, and the National Basketball Players Association, which supports Simmons.
Last offseason, Simmons asked the 76ers to trade him and he could not play the entire season citing mental health reasons for refusing to play. The 25-year-old attended training camp last autumn just days before the start of the season, but was sent home for misconduct for the team. The team has assessed heavy fines for keeping him away from the team.
He had already received half of his $ 33 million salary advance in the offseason, and the team withheld the rest of his salary as a penalty in an attempt to recover the advance.
The 76ers claim that Simmons has broken his contract. The NBA and NBPA disagree on this point, and the arbitrator may set a precedent for how mental health and contract issues are dealt with down the road.
ESPN said that before filing the complaint, Simmons’ team tried to settle the matter with the Philadelphia Front Office but could not reach an agreement.
The 76ers sent Simmons, teammate Seth Curry, center-back Andre Drummond and two first-round picks into the net for guard James Harden and forward Paul Millsup on 10 February.
Simmons has yet to play for the Nets, citing back problems.
No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Simmons was the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star with a career average of 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 275 games. .
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