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Report: ‘No timeline’ for Ben Simmons’ return to the Sixers

The fifth-year guard is receiving mental health help from the NBPA, but has yet to accept help specifically from the team.

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ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne appeared on NBA Today Tuesday afternoon to provide insight on a few storylines revolving around Ben Simmons and his progress toward playing again for the Philadelphia 76ers.

According to Shelburne, Simmons is working with mental health professionals through the NBPA to reach a state of “mental readiness” to suit up for the Sixers, though he is not offering the organization details on those efforts.

Shelburne also said “there has been frustration mounting, according to people close to the situation that Ben has not been accepting any of the help that the team has offered him, in terms of helping him with his mental readiness.”

Shelburne added that both of these developments are sources of “frustration” for the team and that Simmons is solely performing “individual work with some of their position coaches.”

“He hasn’t been back in with the team,” Shelburne said. “He’s not providing the team with any updates on what he’s doing to get back with the team and participating in team activities. ... There’s no timeline.”