It has become a game of chicken between the Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons who continues to find ways to avoid putting on the Sixers uniform.

The last update on the 29-year-old cager is that he is not mentally ready to play for the NBA club.

To help him, Philly offered to help him out, aware of the seriousness of mental health. Unfortunately, Simmons prefers to get help elsewhere to address his alleged problem.

But on the end of Philly, the names of the physicians reportedly looking at the former top pick cannot disclose information without the consent of Simmons. Summing it all up, the Sixers are getting frustrated with the whole situation.

While hearing about the Sixers’ frustration is hardly surprising, it was something forthcoming. Simmons did return but his heart and soul were just not there. In all, it was more of a move to avoid losing millions in his deal.

As things stand now, all Philly can do is fine Simmons for each game he misses. The 76ers cannot withhold his salary as long as he provides basic information about the mental health professionals he is seeing.

Thus it has become a game of cat-and-mouse. For the Sixers, the only way out of this is via trade.

The man holding out is Daryl Morey who wants a superstar nothing less than what Simmons brings. While that is understandable, Philly is getting a distraction that could affect their campaign.

So far, Philly is doing well with an 8-2 record. The season is still young but with Joel Embiid having his share of having to miss games due to injuries or COVID-related matters, Morey and the rest of the Sixers management may have to relax their demands if they want to resolve the dreaded Ben Simmons case which is getting ugly.

Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with Ben Simmons
Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with Ben Simmons Getty Images | Tim Nwachukwu

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