Sixers Rumors: Simmons, Practice, Trades, Bold Predictions

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Ben Simmons has infamously tried to force his way out of Philadelphia. However, he has decided to rejoin the Sixers ahead of the season, as his teammates don’t seem to feel awkward around Simmons.

“He’s showed up. He’s practiced,” Georges Niang said. “We welcomed him in, and that’s really how it’s been. I don’t think anything has really changed. Obviously, he’s a part of this team, and we’re happy that he’s here now. I don’t think anybody’s really changed. The vibes are still really high, and we’re still really excited to push forward and compete for a championship this season.”

While Simmons is back with the team, head coach Doc Rivers isn’t quite ready to commit to playing him Wednesday night against the Pelicans.

“I have no idea,” he explained. “Honestly, I haven’t thought about it much. When it comes, I’ll make the decision, but I’m just gonna wait and see and watch. The spirit has been so good, and so we’re just going to keep going.”

Simmons is back in Philly for now, but his future with the organization is far from certain.

More Sixers Rumors

  • Indiana is one of the teams with interest in Simmons but what would a deal between the two sides look like? Greg Patuto of NBA Analysis suggests that the Sixers should take a deal that includes Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb a 2022 First-Round Pick, and a 2024 First-Round Pick.

  • Is it possible that the Sixers hold on to Ben Simmons through the entire season? Our Chris Crouse believes so, as he writes in FortyEightMinutes’ second annual 48 Bold Predictions piece.

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