Ben Simmons could be making his long-awaited return to the court soon, as the Philadelphia 76ers point guard was recently spotted working out at Wells Fargo Center. Of course, that sparked plenty of rumors about his future with the franchise.
After a troublesome offseason where Simmons seemingly gave up on his team, requested a trade, and refused to meet teammates, the playmaker returned to the squad a couple of months ago. He starred in more controversies at the moment, ultimately revealing he wasn't mentally ready to play for the team.
Ever since that moment, Simmons wasn't seen in public. After reports suggested he would return to the team due to his luxurious lifestyle and all the money he needs to keep it, one video surfaced showing the 25-year-old working out ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers-Minnesota Timberwolves game.
Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer shared a video with Simmons working out with his trainer. As usual, the video ended with Ben shooting the ball instead of attacking the rim.
Simmons has yet to play this season. The Sixers had fined him for not accompanying the team on its recent six-game road trip.
The three-time All-Star has said that he’s mentally not ready to play. He believes the Sixers are trying to force him back onto the court despite his mental-health concerns. However, the team expects Simmons to prepare for a return to the court unless they get information from mental-health experts that he is otherwise unable to do so.
Philadelphia just welcomed Joel Embiid back on Saturday night and it's good to see they could do the same with Simmons soon. This video doesn't mean the player will come back immediately, but it's hopeful to see him working out at the team's arena.
Nobody knows what will happen with Simmons, but this hints that he could be back with the team sooner than later. Once that happens, we'll see how the fans will welcome him, but time will tell if he plays another game for the Sixers since he's one of the 10 players who could leave their current squads ahead of the trade deadline.