Sources: Simmons says he's not mentally ready

Sources: Simmons says he's not mentally ready

Oct 22, 2021 by www.espn.com - TOP

Key Facts

  • (1:00) Ben Simmons has told the Philadelphia 76ers that he is not mentally ready to play to his expectations, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • Simmons has to be evaluated and the next steps will be based on the determination of medical professionals, sources said.
  • A three-time All-Star who requested a trade four months ago, Simmons has left little mystery to Sixers officials and the rest of the NBA about his desire to never play another game for the franchise.
  • Simmons, 25, described discomfort in his back to Sixers staff Thursday morning and underwent brief treatment before the medical staff cleared him to work out -- only for him to leave without any on-court activity, sources said.

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