The Philadelphia 76ers received a big surprise on Monday when 25-year-old three-time All-Star Ben Simmons showed up to the Wells Fargo Center before their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets.
The development comes after he threatened to hold out in order to force a trade and declared he never wanted to play a game for the Sixers again. “We did all the stuff, the physicals, testing, and everything he needed to do. He’ll come back in this evening and work out with the guys, well individual workouts until he clears protocol and we’ll go from there.”
At this point, it is unknown if Simmons is back all-in with the Sixers or he is back to just collect his paychecks until he gets traded, but Rivers is assuming he is returning to play for the Sixers again. So Rivers would not rule out that he steps on the floor against Detroit despite being behind his teammates at the moment. “Whether we play him or not, that’s going to depend on what we see this week. He’s coming from behind because he hasn’t been in camp, obviously. Having said that, do you rush him and put him on the floor? That’s a whole ‘nother subject.”
It remains to be seen if Simmons will be out there on Friday, but the fact he is back with the team is a good sign for what the Sixers want moving forward.