Ben Simmons not playing tonight vs. Pistons

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Ramona Shelburne: Ben Simmons will not play in tonight’s preseason finale in Detroit as he reconditions, sources told ESPN. He did not travel with the Sixers, but he has cleared health and safety protocols and is eligible to rejoin the team.
Source: Twitter @ramonashelburne

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Updated news story on Ben Simmons not joining the Sixers in Detroit, plus other injury/rest updates (Embiid isn’t here either) inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-…3:29 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Per a Sixers official, Ben Simmons will not be with the team tonight in Detroit and is officially listed as out (reconditioning) for their preseason finale vs. the Pistons. – 3:07 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Believe @Ramona Shelburne already had it but Ben Simmons is officially not playing tonight, per team. Didn’t travel to Detroit. – 3:06 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
A team official confirms Ben Simmons is not in Detroit for tonight’s preseason game against the Pistons. He is listed as out for reconditioning #Sixers3:06 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Ben Simmons is not in Detroit for preseason finale and listed as out (reconditioning). #Sixers3:06 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Per a team official, Ben Simmons is out tonight against the Pistons due to reconditioning #Sixers3:06 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Sixers official: Ben Simmons is not in Detroit for tonight’s preseason game against the Pistons. He is listed as out – reconditioning. – 3:06 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Source confirms that Ben Simmons will NOT play tonight. @Ramona Shelburne was first to report. – 2:51 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Deandre Ayton and his 17 fellow Class of 2018ers still seeking contract extensions, Golden State’s 15th roster spot AND the first hints of Ben Simmons actually playing for Philly again … all covered in my latest This Week In Basketball column out now: marcstein.substack.com/p/next-order-o…2:50 PM

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
Ben Simmons will not play in tonight’s preseason finale in Detroit as he reconditions, sources told ESPN. He did not travel with the Sixers, but he has cleared health and safety protocols and is eligible to rejoin the team. – 2:47 PM

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
The only thing that matters when it comes to Ben Simmons: How do you help a transcendent player whose confidence has unraveled to such an extent he has sworn all summer he’d do just about anything except face the people who witnessed it? espn.com/nba/insider/st…1:51 PM

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers: The evolution of the offseason’s most complex saga espn.com/nba/insider/st…1:26 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Some 76ers suspected Ben Simmons faked potential Covid exposure to avoid playing G7 vs Hawks
sportando.basketball/en/some-76ers-…1:20 PM

Howard Beck @HowardBeck
New Crossover is up! The legend Clyde Drexler joins me to discuss the NBA 75th anniversary team, Kyrie, Ben Simmons, superteams and much more.
Listen/subscribe: link.chtbl.com/crossover pic.twitter.com/4u4UnV4f5r1:13 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Some 76ers suspected Ben Simmons faked potential coronavirus exposure to dodge Game 7 vs. Hawks nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/15/rep…12:05 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Bucks GM Jon Horst on The Woj Pod: The championship run, the culture Giannis constructed, his contract extension.
Plus: NBA Today host @Malika Andrews on Nets/Kyrie Irving, Sixers/Ben Simmons and debut Monday of her new daily NBA show on ESPN.
ESPN audio: es.pn/3AIIzti11:07 AM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Per the Sixers, Ben Simmons is not at today’s shootaround in Detroit and remains doubtful for tonight’s preseason finale against the Pistons. The team is working through the logistics of his potential arrival and will provide an update prior to tonight’s game. – 10:50 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Ben Simmons is not at the #Sixers shootaround this morning and remains doubtful for tonight’s game. The Sixers are working through the logistics of his potential arrival and will provide an update prior to tonight’s game. – 10:48 AM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Mail Satchel: Would Killian Hayes be better off the bench? Is Ben Simmons worth the price?: bit.ly/3mYnq9n pic.twitter.com/8ebNfjCSDC9:16 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Danny Green experienced — and learned from — a very public player holdout before Ben Simmons and the #Sixers inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 6:02 AM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Ben Simmons next ploy is to show up outside this Eagles game wearing a Tom Brady jersey – 11:20 PM

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Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Will the Sixers get a motivated Ben Simmons now that he’s back? The early signs are, well, mixed, but Philadelphia thinks they have the winning stance regardless of whether he’s committed phillyvoice.com/sixers-76ers-l…7:19 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Lucky enough to have @Derek Bodner on to discuss a new topic for him, the Ben Simmons saga. Of course, we also hit on the rest of the roster and make our predictions for Philly’s season. Join us duncdon.supportingcast.fm6:56 PM

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Andrew Bogut @RogueBoguesPod
Basketball Pod Ep 37 – Pro talks about the Ben Simmons trade and the type of player Philly will want to get from it.
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Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Tune into @Stadium NBA Season Preview show, with myself, former NBA player/assistant Evan Turner (@Evan Turner), ex-player/executive Pat Garrity and host @camronsmith – with the latest on Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons: twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…5:59 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Ben Simmons is officially listed as doubtful for tomorrow’s preseason finale against the Pistons in Detroit #Sixers5:35 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers PG Ben Simmons is listed as doubtful for tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Pistons. – 5:33 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Embiid, Green, Harris, Milton, Thybulle are all out for tomorrow’s game vs #Pistons
Ben Simmons is Doubtful #Sixers5:32 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
My understanding is that Ben Simmons is “doubtful” for tomorrow vs. Detroit – 5:24 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
If the #Sixers can convince Ben Simmons to stay with the team and play until his fate is resolved, they will benefit the most.
Why?
Playing Simmons gives the Sixers the best chance to win a championship inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 4:19 PM

More on this storyline

While waiting for Simmons to clear protocols and rejoin the team in earnest, the Sixers have only been able to put him through individual workouts and conduct meetings away from the larger group. And the early returns have not been especially encouraging — one source described Simmons as “going through the motions,” though it was noted that things have improved each day over the few days he has been here. -via Philly Voice / October 15, 2021

As the season approaches, The Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that Simmons’ stance has not changed despite also meeting with coach Doc Rivers and having taken a physical. Also, the Sixers still remain enamored by going after Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. Shams: The Sixers would love to get him back on the floor, but I’m told there really isn’t any change as far as where he stands mentally. I think he’s wanted a trade. I think, mentally, that hasn’t changed, and so, it’s still not clear where he stands with the organization. He’s met with Doc Rivers, Daryl Morey, Elton Brand, I’ve been told some of those meetings have gone pretty short. -via Sixers Wire / October 15, 2021

Present-day, there’s still plenty of interest in Simmons around the league, from teams like the Pacers and Timberwolves who have been inquiring about him for most of the offseason. Recent reports have turned up names like Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert, for example, but sources say the names floated in those talks came primarily from Indiana’s end, with the Sixers never expressing much interest in a Pacers deal or even registering serious talks. -via Philly Voice / October 15, 2021