If you’re one of the NBA’s biggest stars, you’re probably wondering: “Is Ben Simmons getting paid this season?” You’re not the only one. NBA star Ben Simmons is currently on hold with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia team said he’s suffering from a mental health issue and he’s not willing to cooperate with them. While the team understood Simmons’ concerns, it is still unclear how much he’s actually getting paid.
The Athletic recently referred to Ben Simmons’s salary demand in a recent article. It was described as “a first-class primadonna.” Although Simmons is regarded as a mature, hardheaded player, many also consider him to be highly sensitive and intolerant of criticism. This hypersensitivity led to his 54-game strike and trade demand. He was also targeted by his teammates and fans for reportedly asking for a trade. The Sixers won’t trade him and the 76ers will need to find a new starting point-guard.
If the NFL doesn’t agree to let Simmons play the rest of the season, they can still use the money to improve the team’s finances. However, if Simmons’ salary is deemed excessive, the owners may feel loss aversion. Simmons was previously fined nearly $20 million for missing games in Philadelphia due to mental health issues. The NFL must end the stigma associated with mental health issues in professional sports.
A fine that cost the Philadelphia 76ers over $10 million for the same missed games and missed paychecks has Simmons’ salary at a quarter of the full value. Although Simmons may only be receiving a quarter of his salary, it is possible that the fines will continue to mount. The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t made any progress toward settling the fines. Simmons is now on his way to earning a quarter of his salary for 2021-22.
The Philadelphia 76ers may still look to trade Simmons or let the situation go into the next season. It is unclear if Simmons will be traded by the Sixers. Simmons will still be paid his salary while he works to improve his mental health. This situation will be a major topic at the next NBA trade deadline. It is also worth noting that the Sixers are content to hold onto Simmons for another couple of months.
Philadelphia 76ers have been under fire for withholding the player’s salary this season. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Ben Simmons situation has become so bad that he ignored calls from Doc Rivers. The 76ers and Ben Simmons are still at odds, but the NBA has been working to find a way out. The NBA could settle the dispute through collective bargaining if the 76ers are unable to resolve their dispute without arbitration.
Simmons’ recent demands that the 76ers extend his contract have not been met by them. While it is hard to predict how long the holding out will last, there are several other scenarios in which the Sixers are not willing to give Simmons a trade. The Sixers have started trade talks with Simmons. This could put Simmons in a better spot. This could prove to be a lengthy process as Simmons has been unable settle his contract.