He reportedly added that he’s still “not mentally ready” to take the floor.
Simmons reported to shootaround today ahead of Nets game and was seen engaged around the team, sources said. The three-time All-Star has expressed he wants to play but isn't prepared mentally. https://t.co/DUuPfGch2s
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 22, 2021
This seems like a big development, as the three-time All-Star had reportedly been ignoring most people at Philadelphia’s facility. It seems like Simmons might be willing to get things moving in the right direction now.
It remains to be seen how long Simmons will need to overcome these mental barriers, but the Sixers are surely hoping to see him on the floor sooner than later.
If and when Simmons does return to game action, the Sixers will get a big boost. The former first-round pick has career averages of 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists per contest.
Philadelphia got a win in its season opener earlier this week. The team is hoping to contend for an NBA title this season.