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Sources: 76ers’ Ben Simmons changes course, meets with team-recommended mental health clinician

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After initial resistance, Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons met with a team-recommended medical specialist to discuss his mental health on Monday, sources told ESPN.

It is unclear what Monday’s meeting means for the Sixers’ ultimate hopes of a Simmons return to play, but it was a change of direction for Simmons in his dealings with the organization.

The Sixers had reinstated a series of fines on Simmons late last week, including $360,000 for missing Thursday’s game with Detroit and continued to express frustration that Simmons had fallen short of providing basic information surrounding his meetings with mental health specialists provided by the National Basketball Players Association, sources said.

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Simmons and the Sixers have had a four-plus-month standoff that started after the team’s Eastern Conference semifinals loss to Atlanta. On Monday, Simmons and the Sixers took a new step together regarding Simmons’ mental health.

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