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Philadelphia The 76ers and Ben Simmons over his 2021-22 NBA season withholding, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski settlement of salary issues.
NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark added that the terms of the deal are confidential, so it’s unclear how much Simmons will receive. He is reportedly trying to recapture nearly $20 million from last year’s $33 million salary.
76ers scramble for three-time All-Star because they didn’t get to training camp in time to start and didn’t play in preseason or regular season , thus breaching his contract.
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer provided more context last October: “Philadelphia believes Simmons refuses to report non-compliance to training camp The terms of his contract. In conversations with league office staff and players union officials, the Sixers appear to have the right to withhold this lucrative check.”
Simmons’ agent Rich Paul finally said in an interview with The Athletic’s Shams Charania that the November fine and full review “exacerbated Ben’s mental health issues.” Paul added that his clients are mentally in a place where they can get back on the court:
“It’s not about the deal anymore . It’s about finding a place where we can help Ben recover mentally and get back on the court. I want him to be on the court playing the game he loves. I want Ben to be on the court, whether it’s in a Sixers jersey or any other uniform, It’s not up to me, but I want him to be in a state where he can resume play. We want to work together and want to get him back on the court.”
By February, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Simmons had been fined more than $19 million and hadn’t received the $8.3 million he owed since recovering the $8.3 million owed. salary. He is on October 1, 2021.
“The team sends bi-weekly notices of all fines he has accrued for failure to provide service, and Not a $1.375 million salary,” Shelburne wrote.
The Sixers eventually traded Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 10. The 26-year-old has yet to make his Nets debut due to lingering back issues. He underwent back surgery in May in hopes that he will be ready for training camp this fall.