According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, “Simmons met with Sixers’ medical professionals and coach Doc Rivers today and informed them that he’s not mentally ready to play to his expectations now.” Wojnarowski also reported that Simmons met with teammates Friday. The next step for Simmons, per Wojnarowski, is for the course of action to be determined by medical professionals.
Simmons has to be evaluated now and next steps will be based upon the determination of medical professionals, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/OTZ9PQU9bN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2021
Meanwhile, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that “Simmons spoke to Rivers, Joel Embiid and entire 76ers team today and accepted everyone needs to take responsibility, including himself.” Charania said Simmons attended shootaround this morning, was seemingly engaged with teammates and “expressed he wants to play but isn’t prepared mentally.”
This afternoon, Charania reported Embiid asked Simmons during that meeting why Simmons is requesting a trade. Simmons said he’s not feeling himself mentally and needs time away.