Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has filed a grievance looking for to recoup almost $US 20 million ($A27 million) in pay that the Philadelphia 76ers are withholding from him, in response to a report from ESPN.
The Brooklyn Nets’ participant’s grievance will undergo arbitration. It was shared with the group, the NBA and the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation, which is backing Simmons.
Final low season, Simmons requested the 76ers to commerce him, and he did not play all season, citing psychological well being causes, partially, for his refusal to play.
The 25-year-old confirmed up at coaching camp final fall, days earlier than the beginning of the season, however was despatched dwelling for conduct detrimental to the group.
The 76ers assessed heavy fines as he stayed away from the group.
Simmons already had acquired an advance of half of his $US 33 million ($A44 million) wage within the low season, and the group held again the rest of his wage in fines in an try and recoup the advance.
The 76ers contend Simmons breached his contract. The NBA and the NBPA disagree concerning the difficulty, and the arbitration might set up a precedent about how issues of psychological well being and contracts are handled down the highway.
ESPN mentioned that earlier than the grievance was filed, Simmons’ group tried to settle the matter with the Philadelphia entrance workplace however could not attain an settlement.
The 76ers despatched Simmons, fellow guard Seth Curry, centre Andre Drummond and two first-round picks to the Nets on February 10 for guard James Harden and ahead Paul Millsap.
Simmons has but to play for the Nets, citing a again difficulty.
The No.1 general decide within the 2016 NBA Draft, Simmons was the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the 12 months and is a three-time All-Star with profession averages of 15.9 factors, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 275 video games.