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Agent says 76ers actions making Ben Simmons’ mental health issues worse

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Ben Simmons has yet to suit up for a 76ers game this season because – after a trade request and a holdout to start training camp – he is not mentally ready to play, he has told the team.

“This is no longer about a trade. This is about finding a place where we can help Ben get back to his mental strength and get back on the floor. I want him on the floor playing the game that he loves. I want Ben on the floor whether that’s in a 76ers uniform or any other uniform, that’s not up to me, but I want him in a state where he can resume play. We want to cooperate and want to work him back on the floor.”

Of course, the 76ers rejected the idea they are forcing him to return and said they have not accused him of lying. The team wants him to participate in team activities and keep the organization up on his progress and plans. Things could pick up after Dec. 15, when most players who signed this summer are eligible to be traded, and by that point there may be a team disappointed where it stands and thinking it’s time for a bold move.

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