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Report: Sixers guard Ben Simmons arrives back to Philadelphia

The fifth-year guard has returned.

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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.

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.