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Report: Ben Simmons meets with 76ers-recommended mental health specialist

76ers star Ben Simmons

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 14: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after dunking the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center on April 14, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Nets 123-117. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Ben Simmons – while claiming he isn’t mentally ready to play – has kept the 76ers at arm’s length.

So, they resumed fining him.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Simmons has reportedly met with mental-health professionals through the players’ union for months. It’s easy to see how his mental challenges could be directly tied to the 76ers.

So, this seems like it could be a key step toward Simmons returning to play.

Or at least toward Simmons not getting fined anymore.

It’s impossible to forget Simmons didn’t want to play for the 76ers ever again. He ended his holdout only after they heavily fined him. Sometimes, it seems he’s doing whatever necessary to avoid further fines.

But actually playing again for Philadelphia? As encouraging as this development could be, it’ll take more to believe that’ll happen.