While trade rumors and a hint of drama continue to surround star guard/forward Ben Simmons, 76ers chief of basketball operations Daryl Morey said that things are actually moving in a positive direction.
“Ben came in at the end of last week and said he had back stiffness. And he has he’s dealing with some personal reasons off the court,” Morey said during an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“Both we take very seriously. We’re working with them to provide every resource to help them with what is needed. And, you know, he spoke to his teammates, you know, things seem to be moving very much in a positive direction.”
Simmons, 25, held out of training camp in seek of a trade. He has since reported to the team, but was thrown out of practice by coach Doc Rivers for refusing to enter a drill, then skipped an individual workout, citing a back issue.
He has yet to play in a game this season, reportedly explaining to teammates that he is not yet mentally ready to return.
“Multiple teammates then came out in support of Simmons over the following days,” RealGM noted. “In recent days, the 76ers have stopped fining Simmons for sitting out.”
Morey clearly still has high hopes that Simmons will be in uniform soon.
“We’re gonna provide all the resources and get Ben what he needs and get them out there as soon as we can,” Morey said.
It is believed the 76ers are continuing to seek Simmons trades, though a deal may take a while to consummate. The Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Spurs, Pistons and Raptors are among the teams reportedly exploring a Simmons deal.