Several practices have come and gone without Simmons showing face at the team’s headquarters in Camden, New Jersey.
But as the Sixers competed in the third quarter of their Monday night matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, it was reported that Simmons flew to Philadelphia and was ready to report to the team. From within several players mentioned above made it clear that the team avoided the drama by focusing on the players that have been in the building throughout the offseason – and not the guy holding out from the team. “We were just trying to stay ready and then try to execute what we wanna do as a team, not as individuals. Of course, we talked about the situation at the beginning of the season in the locker room and on the court, but that wasn’t our main topic. Our main topic was how we can get the championship. That was our mentality. It was not about individuals.”
Joel Embiid, who has expressed disappointment in the Simmons situation as a whole, made it clear he wanted the three-time All-Star back with the team despite everything that’s transpired over the last few months.