Philadelphia 76ers Star Guard Ben simmons passed his physical exam and held a meeting with the team’s front office on Tuesday, but remains ineligible to participate in team-related activities until Friday at the earliest due to the health and safety protocols of the NBA, sources told ESPN.
Simmons met with Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and general manager Elton Brand – his first conversation with them since August – in a meeting that sources called “brief.”
The Sixers have a preseason game Friday in Detroit, and sources said it was too early to say whether Simmons will be cleared to play in that game after stepping away from the squad for the first two weeks of the preseason.
A player who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and entering the team environment for the first time must return at least one negative result from a team-facilitated PCR test before interacting with others Level 1 players and staff, 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 where no other player is present. If the player returns two more negative rapid molecular tests, then they may be allowed to interact with teammates and staff.
Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that after Simmons’ surprise return to the Sixers ahead of Monday’s preseason game, Simmons took a team-facilitated COVID-19 test, thus starting his onboarding process.