On Tuesday, the Sixers suspended Simmons for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. Rivers asked Simmons to join a defensive drill, and Simmons refused, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Rivers then told Simmons that he should go home, and Simmons obliged.
When asked if Simmons wants to be with the team, Rivers said: “Today, not, obviously – we told him to go home. But hopefully, at some point, yeah.”
The suspension is the latest in a long line of back-and-forth events that have transpired between Simmons and the Sixers since Philadelphia was upset by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the playoffs in June.