Sixers list Simmons as doubtful at Detroit
Absent from Friday's morning shoot-around at Detroit with the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons remained listed as doubtful for the pre-season game against the Pistons.
Simmons' return to team work-outs was restricted by Covid-19 protocols according to head coach Doc Rivers, who said on Thursday he expected the All-Star point guard to be back with the team "soon."
Simmons reported to the 76ers on Monday, an unannounced arrival that took management and Rivers by surprise.
The regular season begins at New Orleans for the 76ers, who visit the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Following last season's play-off loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Rivers and All-Star teammate Joel Embiid were less than complimentary of Simmons for passing up what appeared to be a sure two points in the paint.
The comments kickstarted an acrimonious off-season for the two sides, with Simmons demanding a trade and refusing to report to training camp.
But reports of team president Daryl Morey being stonewalled in bids to offload Simmons multiplied in recent weeks.
Simmons, 25, who has four years left on his current contract, took his first Covid-19 test on Monday and had an "individual work-out" observed by Rivers midweek.
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