Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons has filed a grievance against his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, seeking approximately $20 million that the Sixers withheld from Simmons, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
The case will go to arbitration, according to the collective agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.
The Sixers began withholding Simmons’ salary shortly after he failed to show up for training camp and was unable to play in preseason and regular season games for the Premier League. ‘team.
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Philadelphia claimed Simmons failed to honor his contract, and Simmons cited sanity for his inability to join the team full-time.
Simmons requested a trade during the 2021 offseason, following Philadelphia’s loss to Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He had signed a five-year, $170 million extension with the Sixers in 2019, a deal that began with the 2020-21 season.
The Sixers didn’t strike a deal for Simmons until just before the February trade deadline, when they sent him to Brooklyn for James Harden.
Simmons is suffering from a herniated disc and hasn’t played for the Nets since the trade. It is not known if he will be available in the playoffs.
ESPN first reported that Simmons filed a grievance.