Ben Simmons and the 76ers have reached a settlement agreement over the complaint filed by the All-Star Guard to recover some of the nearly $20MM withheld from him as a result of his failure to play last season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Sixers insisted that Simmons had breached his contract when he failed to show up for the start of training camp and refused to play in the preseason and regular season prior to the trade changeover deadline with the Sixers. nets. Simmons cited mental health reasons for his limited participation in team activities. He was also diagnosed with a back injury that prevented him from playing for Brooklyn last season.
Both parties agreed a confidentiality agreement on the exact financial arrangement, Wojnarowski added.
The Players Association backed Simmons in the complaint, which was shared with the Sixers, the league and the NBPA in early April. The matter needed to be settled, which could have set a precedent for how future mental health and contract cases might be handled. Instead, the two sides reached an agreement before an arbitrator could make a decision.
Simmons had a cap hit just over $33MM last season.
During the season, Sixers officials claimed their doctors were given limited access to Simmons to diagnose and confirm those mental health issues.
After Simmons was traded, his representatives held several talks with the Sixers, but those talks ended without a resolution.
As of November 15 last year, the Sixers withheld $360K for every game Simmons missed (1/91.6 of his total salary). Simmons received a $16.5 million advance on his salary during the off-season, so there wasn’t enough money in each paycheck to cover the deductions per game.
Along with the amount of escrow withheld by the NBA, the Sixers withheld nearly $1.3 million from Simmons’ salary from each paycheck.