Ben Simmons expected to file formal grievance against 76ers

Now a member of the Nets, Ben Simmons should file a formal grievance against the Sixers at some point in the near future, according to league sources PhillyVoice.com’s Kyle Neubeck. The goal will be to recoup some or all of the $20M+ Simmons lost in team fines while holding the season in Philadelphia.

As Neubeck explains, the Sixers fined Simmons for every game he missed (costing him around $360,000 per game) because he failed to meet with team doctors to discuss the mental health issues he cited as the reason for his absence and because the club never received documentation explaining his absence or details of his treatment plan. Neubeck’s sources compared the situation to a player suffering from a physical injury and only consulting an outside specialist, without updating his team.

Neubeck suggests the reception Simmons receives in Philadelphia on Thursday when he sits on the Nets bench could play a role in his grievance – his camp will likely point to the vitriol he receives Thursday as proof of why he doesn’t. He wasn’t mentally ready to adapt again for the Sixers, according to Neubeck. Still, based on his conversations with league sources and people familiar with the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, Neubeck says the 76ers appear to be in a “much stronger position” in an arbitration case. potential.

Here’s more on the Nets:

  • The Marcus Aldridgewho had already been ruled out for Tuesday’s game in Charlotte with a right hip impingement, returned to Brooklyn for an MRI, head coach Steve Nash said today. Like Brian Lewis of the New York Post tweetNash said the results from that MRI were generally good, but Aldridge won’t be joining the team on his current road trip, so he’ll also miss Thursday’s game in Philadelphia.
  • Speaking to reporters after the Nets’ loss to the Celtics on Sunday, the point guard Kyrie Irving compared the Boston faithful who booed him every time he touched the ball to a “scorned girlfriend”, as Adam Zagoria of NJ.com writing. Irving also said he felt New York City Mayor Eric Adams was “on my side,” although the private sector vaccination mandate that prevents Kyrie from playing in New York remains in place for the day. moment.
  • In a conversation with Steve Bulpett of Heavy.comNets general manager Sean Marks admitted it was frustrating to never really see the Nets’ Big Three Kevin Durant, James Hardenand Irving together and healthy for an extended period, but said he was excited to see what the new core would look like when everyone is available.
  • As part of his NBA 40 Under 40 series, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic profiles Nets assistant general manager Jeff Peterson, whom Marks calls “a great sounding board.” Peterson played a key role in the Nets’ college scouting department and participated in draft picks. cam thomas and Kessler Edwards last year, by Vorkunov.

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