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Report: Ben Simmons out indefinitely (back/mental readiness)

Ben Simmons at Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 27: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers warms up with Assistant Coach Sam Cassell of the Philadelphia 76ers on February 27, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Ben Simmons, despite his firm desire to leave Philadelphia, reported to the 76ers only after they kept fining him.

But fully engaging in practice? Haven’t seen that yet.

Actually playing a game? That’s an even further bridge.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The 76ers have gotten themselves into such a mess.

Not everyone in Philadelphia trusts when Simmons gives a reason for not being able to play. But it’s difficult to prove whether his back injury is legitimate. How can the 76ers punish him for missing workouts, games and practices if he’s hurt? As done by Mo Williams and threatened by Kyrie Irving, claiming injury can give a player leverage in a difficult situation.

Maybe tomorrow’s meeting will yield a path forward for both sides. But the situation has steadily devolved so far. It’s tough to predict that’ll suddenly reverse.