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Sixers reach deal with Ben Simmons in $20M dispute

Jul 9, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Ben Simmons is pictured during an NBA Summer League game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons have reached a settlement in the grievance the former guard filed over $20 million withheld by the club during the 2021-22 season, ESPN reported Monday.

Both sides agreed to a confidentiality clause on the exact settlement, per the report.

All told, the Sixers withheld $20 million from Simmons during his holdout from the club. Simmons was unhappy in Philadelphia and requested a trade.

For their part, the Sixers assessed Simmons $2 million in penalties for holding out of training camp and not taking part in required team activities. Then they docked him his $360,000 check for every game he missed, citing a breach of contract. Simmons cited mental health as a reason for not participating in team activities.

The Sixers eventually traded Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets in the deal that sent James Harden and Paul Millsap to Philadelphia. The Nets also received Seth Curry and Andre Drummond in the swap, in addition to Simmons, who never played a game for the Nets either.

–Field Level Media