Report: Ben Simmons files grievance over nearly $20 million withheld by 76ers

Brooklyn Nets' Ben Simmons watches practice before an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons has filed a grievance to challenge the nearly $20 million of salary withheld from him by the Philadelphia 76ers this season, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Bobby Marks and Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 76ers insisted that Simmons was in breach of his contract after he refused to take part in treatment plans for a back injury and mental issues that have kept him out of the lineup this season.

The grievance was filed with the NBAPA and will now go to an arbitration process which could have implications on future issues involving mental health matters and contracts, ESPN reports.

Simmons and his representatives had reportedly held several conversations with Philadelphia in hopes of avoiding arbitration which then led to the grievance being filed.

The 76ers sent Simmons to the Nets as part of a blockbuster deal involving James Harden. The Atheltic's Shams Charania reports that the 25-year-old could return in time for the playoffs as he resumed light on-court workouts.

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