Philadelphia 76ers' Attempt To Slash Staffers' Salaries Was A Self-Inflicted PR Disaster

That decision didn't sit well with All-Star center Joel Embiid, who pledged $500,000 on Tuesday to coronavirus relief and an additional to-be-determined amount toward "helping team workers who are temporarily reducing their salary," according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that there was "apprehension on committing to giving back money" among many in the coaching staff, "especially with uncertainty surrounding employment futures."

According to Wojnarowski , Harris originally suggested the paycuts "based on current and projected financial losses of the professional sports shutdowns that impacted the Sixers and Devils in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic."

In a statement to Stein on Monday, Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil framed it as a way "to ensure we can continue to support and operate our businesses during these uncertain times without reducing our workforce."

Meanwhile, Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has temporarily laid off roughly 40,000 employees—around 70 percent of his total workforce—at his casinos, hotels and restaurants, according to Bloomberg's Davide Scigliuzzo .

However, the Sixers "turned an operating profit north of $80 million last year," according to Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen , and they led the league in average home attendance this season.

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