Reports: Simmons claims 'back tightness,' skips workout, not expected to play for foreseeable future


Ben Simmons arrived and showed up to the 76ers practice facility on Thursday, but did not participate it a scheduled individual workout, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj adds that Simmons' status for tomorrow's home opener against the Brooklyn Nets is unclear, but further clarifies that it is "unlikely" that he plays.

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Shams Charania of The Athletic later reported that Simmons, who received back treatment today, is "not mentally ready to play for the Sixers and is not expected to play for an undetermined period of time."

Woj confirmed that Simmons claimed he had "back tightness," but was cleared by the Sixers' staff to participate in the workout, which he skipped anyway. The Sixers reportedly were hoping to see Simmons workout today and participate in tomorrow's shootaround ahead of Friday night's home opener.

Simmons was expected to address the media following Tuesday's practice for the first time since the team's eliminating loss against the Hawks, but that was canceled after he was kicked out of practice by Doc Rivers and subsequently suspended for the team's season opener on Wednesday night.

Throughout the offseason, Simmons was quietly working out in Los Angeles while reports circulated that he was demanding a trade and did not want to play another game for the 76ers. However, last week, Simmons showed up the Sixers' practice facility and re-joined the team.