Midway through the third quarter of Monday’s preseason game between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ben Simmons made the trip to Philadelphia and underwent a COVID-19 test, per NBA protocol.
Earlier in the day, Wojnarowski broke the news that the Sixers and Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, had progressed toward a resolution that would bring the All-Star back to town. Although Simmons has arrived in Philadelphia, it’s no guarantee that such a development will be succeeded by a return to the court, despite the organization’s wishes.
Sixers are hopeful to start moving toward the next steps of a return with Simmons, per sources. Organization wants him back on the court once he clears protocols, but that remains to be seen. https://t.co/4Zc3gUp50R— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 12, 2021
Shortly after Wojnarowski’s initial report Monday morning, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that “even if Simmons comes back to Philadelphia, a league source told The Inquirer recently that Simmons still doesn’t intend to play a game.”
Well, step one unfolded rapidly. Step two remains an unknown. Nonetheless, it’s been quite the day of news regarding the Simmons situation, which seemingly stalled much of the off-season.