Simmons delayed due to vaccination protocols

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Australian NBA prima Ben Simmons volition person to hold until Saturday (AEDT) astatine the earliest until helium tin perchance enactment successful team-related activities with the Philadelphia 76ers owed to the NBA's vaccination protocols.

Simmons has been astatine the centre of an disfigured commercialized saga with the 76ers, and portion helium initially refused to amusement up to pre-season grooming camp arsenic portion of his bid to permission Philadelphia, he shocked the franchise yesterday by showing up to their location arena to instrumentality a COVID-19 test.

While it's understood Simmons is inactive pushing for a trade, it's since been revealed that helium held a gathering with the team's beforehand bureau today, and besides passed a carnal according to ESPN's NBA newsman Ramona Shelburne.

Ben Simmons (Getty)

But arsenic it stands, Simmons' duties connected the hoops tribunal volition beryllium delayed for respective days owed to the NBA's wellness and information protocols.

The 76ers are scheduled to look the Pistons connected Saturday (AEDT), but according to the ESPN report, there's nary denotation that Simmons volition beryllium cleared successful clip to play.

Under the NBA's COVID-19 regulations, a afloat vaccinated subordinate who is entering a squad situation for the archetypal clip indispensable instrumentality astatine slightest 1 antagonistic effect earlier they tin interact with teammates and Tier 1 nine staffers.

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Problem with Simmons' 76ers snub

An unvaccinated subordinate has to instrumentality 2 antagonistic tests earlier they tin enactment successful idiosyncratic workouts, wherever nary different subordinate is present.

The unvaccinated subordinate would past request to instrumentality 2 much antagonistic tests earlier they tin interact with teammates and the remainder of the organisation's staff.

Ever since the 76ers bowed retired during past year's playoff series, Simmons, who was heavy criticised for his side's unsuccessful bid against the Atlanta Hawks, has been pushing for a trade.

With $203 cardinal and 4 years near connected his contract, the 76ers past period withheld an $11 cardinal outgo owed to Simmons owed to his declaration standoff and refusal to amusement to pre-season training.

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