Here’s what Shelburne had to say during an appearance on ESPN’s “NBA Today” Tuesday:
There has been growing frustration, according to people familiar with the situation, that Ben has not accepted any of the help the team has offered him in terms of mental preparation. He’s worked with mental health professionals through the players’ association, but so far I’m told he hasn’t really kept the team up to date on this, and the frustration go up there. They want to know. So far he’s just done individual work with some of their post coaches, he hasn’t been back with the squad, and he’s not providing any updates to the squad on what he’s doing. made to come back and recover with the team and participate in team activities.
Team president Daryl Morey approached Simmons on Wednesday to discuss a possible return to the game, but Simmons told him he was still not mentally ready to return to the field, according to L’Athletic’s Shams Charania. The 76ers would like to hear from Simmons on the work he’s doing to improve the situation, but haven’t asked for details of his conversations with mental health professionals, according to Charania.
Shelburne also added that there is no timeline for a return to play for Simmons. Obviously, the two sides still disagree, as Simmons still want to be traded while the Sixers want Simmons to adjust. During a radio appearance in Philadelphia late last month, Morey made it clear that the team remain steadfast in their position – they want Simmons to play and will only trade him if such a move is good for them. team in the present.
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“We expect Ben to come and try to help us out on the pitch because we know we’re a better team with Ben Simmons and we know this is the best plan for the team,” said Morey. “He’s a very good player, and to give us the best chance of winning the title you need different manufacturers. You don’t need role players.
“Right now, whatever kind of trade Ben Simmons obviously wants, the best thing we can do is get the cast back. It does not mean anything. It won’t give us a better chance of winning the title if we were to move Ben Simmons for role players. So people better get attached. It’s going to last a long time because our only way, my only job, is to help us have the best chance of winning the title. Ben Simmons is a difference maker so to have him back he will help us win the title. If we can trade Ben Simmons for a difference maker, we will. I think it’s best for everyone in this situation. “
Given the current state of affairs, the situation still seems very far from being resolved. In the meantime, the Sixers have had a good start to the season without Simmons. They’ve won five of their first seven games and they have the best offense in the NBA in two weeks of action.