Ben Simmons told the Philadelphia 76ers that his mental health ain’t right and it appears that might help him from getting fined by the team.


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The Sixers had been fining Simmons during his holdout from training camp and the preseason. However, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported on Monday that the situation changed when the star point guard told the team he is dealing with a mental health issue. There is a provision in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement that states teams cannot withhold a player’s salary if the player is unable to practice or play due to his mental health.

Shelburne says the 76ers have offered to make resources available to Simmons and are taking him at his word that he is working on his mental health issues for now.

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The 76ers are 2-2 in this young season without Simmons. No word to when he will return to the team or if the team is aggressively still looking to trade him.