News: 8 hours agoSimmons won't play in Friday's home opener against Brooklyn and will remain sidelined for "an undetermined period of time," Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Spin: Earlier Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Simmons -- who sat out Wednesday's season-opening win while serving a team-imposed suspension -- arrived at the Sixers' facility and complained of tightness in his back. Simmons received treatment and was cleared by the team's medical staff to work out, but he departed the team facility without doing so. Charania's report -- which notes that Simmons is "currently not mentally ready to play" -- officially rules Simmons out of Friday's contest, and the Sixers appear prepared for the embattled three-time All-Star to remain sidelined for several more games. At this point, it's impossible to say when Simmons might make his debut, but the 76ers appear to be willing to let the situation play out for the time being. In the meantime, Tyrese Maxey should continue to start at point guard for Philadelphia and looks like a worthy roster option in the majority of fantasy leagues.