Astonishing twist as Simmons lands in Philly

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UPDATE: Ben Simmons' holdout with the Philadelphia 76ers looks adjacent to an extremity with the Australian All-Star returning to Philadelphia.

It's understood the 25-year-old aged is starting to question his attack to the concern aft being fined astir $360,000 ($A490,000) for missing Philadelphia's opening pre-season nonaccomplishment to Toronto.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons has already taken a COVID-19 trial aft returning to Philadelphia with the organisation "hopeful to commencement moving toward the adjacent steps of a return".

However, determination is inactive nary certainty that Simmons volition really don a Sixers jersey again.

Simmons' reported instrumentality to Philadelphia comes aft reports stated that his cause Rich Paul was "working astir the timepiece connected a resolution" that ends with the three-time All-Star returning to Philadelphia, according to The Athletic.

Ben Simmons reportedly adjacent to a backflip to instrumentality to the Sixers. (Getty)

Prior to the Sixers' pre-season contention against the Brooklyn Nets, manager Doc Rivers said he'd had bully conversations with Paul, but had not yet spoken to Simmons.

"We've said from time 1 what we wanted," Rivers told reporters.

"That we would emotion to get him back. Other than that, honestly there's thing to report. ... Our presumption hasn't changed astatine all."

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Simmons and his cause spoke with the NBA Players Association past week and the national confirmed the disgruntled prima cannot recoup the wealth he's fined by the Sixers, forcing him to rethink his strategy.

The Australian doesn't privation to widen his enactment with the 76ers but is considering a instrumentality to boost his commercialized worth and expedite his trade.

Can Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid co-exist? (AAP)

The reported determination is simply a monolithic backflip and thing that hardly ever happens successful the NBA with prima players usually getting what they privation if a commercialized is being pushed.

How Simmons plans to premix with teammates that helium shunned earlier successful the preseason is unclear.

Reports emerged that Simmons rejected a gathering with his teammates, with the Aussie reportedly saying Simmons' concern with Joel Embiid had ran its course.

Embiid described that arsenic "borderline disrespectful" and its chartless however helium plans to creaseless things implicit with his teammates.

Then there's the Philadelphia instrumentality base.

Everyone from quality anchors, weathermen to the mean instrumentality person expressed their displeasure with the mode the Aussie has dealt with the issue.

Even a tiny 'F--- Ben Simmons' chant broke retired astatine a Philadelphia wrestling lawsuit earlier successful the week.

Simmons has 4 years and $147 cardinal ($A202m) remaining connected his existent max contract.

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