Ben Simmons and Sixers reach settlement after All-Star files lawsuit to recover part of $20 million, according to report – CBS Sports

Ben Simmons and Sixers reach settlement after All-Star files lawsuit to recover part of $20 million, according to report - CBS Sports


Although Ben Simmons was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Brooklyn Nets more than six months ago, there were still some loose ends that needed to be tied up between the All-Star guard and his former team. Simmons filed a grievance against the Sixers in April to recover part of the nearly $20 million in salary that Philadelphia withheld from him last season for refusing to play in games before a trade. Now, the two sides have come to an agreementvia Adrian Wojnarowski, although the exact dollar amount will remain confidential.

Simmons requested a trade from the Sixers before the start of last season and was adamant that he would not play again until the Sixers traded him somewhere else. When he didn’t show up for the start of training camp last season and refused to play in preseason and regular season games, the Sixers felt the All-Defensive guard violated his contract. Therefore, Philadelphia began withholding the per-game salary of $360,000 for each game he missed. For every salary Simmons received, the Sixers retained $1.3 million, which amounted to nearly $20 million last season.

While the Sixers felt Simmons was in breach of contract, the 26-year-old guard cited his mental health as the reason behind him not suiting up for Philadelphia last season. While we won’t know the exact dollar amount Simmons managed to win back from the Sixers, this settlement can officially put a book on his time with the team, and both sides can move forward.

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

For the Sixers, officially ending the Simmons chapter with the completion of this settlement will mean the team can anticipate fighting for a championship with Joel Embiid and James Harden at the center of it all. Ironically enough, the Sixers have been linked to possibly trading Durant, but they are just one of several teams that would love to land the two-time Finals MVP.

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