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Sixers suspend Simmons one game for conduct detrimental to the team

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CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers announced early Tuesday afternoon that Ben Simmons has been suspended one game for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

He’ll miss the team’s season opener Wednesday against the Pelicans.

Simmons ended his holdout last week and, after clearing COVID-19 protocols, participated in the Sixers’ practices Sunday and Monday. He requested a trade shortly after the Sixers’ second-round playoff loss to the Hawks, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey said at media day. 

Simmons was kicked out of Tuesday’s practice for not being engaged, The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey reported. 

Head coach Doc Rivers had called Simmons a “full participant” in the team’s prior two practices. Rivers had said he was unsure whether Simmons would play in the opener. Without Simmons, Tyrese Maxey figures to be the Sixers' lead ball handler.

Simmons was set to speak during the Sixers’ post-practice media availability Tuesday, a team official had said Monday. 

He will now no longer address the media, a team official said. Rivers is expected to talk with reporters about the suspension. 

You can watch Rivers' press conference below:

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