Ben Simmons physically passes, has ‘brief’ meeting with Philadelphia 76ers front office, sources say

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons passed his physical on Tuesday and held a meeting with the team’s front office, but he will remain ineligible to participate in team-related activities until Friday at the earliest, due to health and safety protocols. the NBA, sources told ESPN.

Simmons met Daryl Morey, Sixers president of basketball operations and general manager Elton Brand — his first meeting with them since August — in a meeting that sources describe only as “brief.”

The Sixers have a preseason game in the Detroit Pistons on Friday, and sources said it’s too early to say if Simmons will be cleared to play in that game after staying away from the preseason for the first two weeks. team.

A player who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who enters the team environment for the first time must return at least one negative result of a team-facilitated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before interacting with other players and Tier 1 personnel, according to NBA protocols obtained by Bobby Marks of ESPN.

An unvaccinated player must return two negative tests before returning to the facility and participating in individual training sessions where no other player is present. If the player returns two more negative rapid molecular tests, he can be cleared to interact with teammates and staff.

Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that, following Simmons’ surprise return to the Sixers before Monday’s preseason game, Simmons took a team-facilitated COVID-19 test, kicking off his onboarding process.

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