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Prior to Monday night’s game against the Bucks, Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked if Simmons and Joel Embiid, whose left knee and cautiousness with his right foot surgeries are limiting him to 31 games this season, would play in the summer. “I think it’s too early to make that judgment,” Brown said. “I hear the question, but I think that’s certainly stuff that we’re talking about. But in relation to giving a definite answer, we’re not even close to being there yet.”

The Sixers provided the following statement from GM Bryan Colangelo on today’s Ben Simmons news: We continue to monitor the recovery of Ben’s injury and are employing a conservative and thoughtful approach to his rehabilitative program, basing his return to full basketball activity on the advice and direction of medical professionals. His next CT scan is scheduled for February 23, after which our medical team will thoroughly review and evaluate his status moving forward. Ben’s long-term health remains our primary concern.

76ers coach Brett Brown squashed speculation about Ben Simmons making his debut against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 27. The rumor started when ESPN announced late Tuesday that it was dropping the Jan. 27 Miami Heat-Chicago Bulls game to pick up the Sixers’ matchup. Shortly afterward, a picture of Simmons was posted on Instagram. Then suddenly, social media went abuzz with speculation. “There is no chance,” Brown said Wednesday. “I am a social hermit. I have no idea what you are talking about. But I do know there is no chance that he will play then.”

The Sixers wrapped up their morning shootaround at their hotel gym, and then the real action started. Ben Simmons, on his first road trip with the team since fracturing his foot on the last day of training camp, ran some sprints, took some jumpers, defended one-on-one for a bit and worked up a sweat with the Sixers staff. His lack of conditioning was evident, but it was a great sign for the team that the top overall pick was on the floor getting his shirt wet with perspiration. “It’s good, that’s his first trip so it’s good for him to feel included with us,” said Joel Embiid of Simmons. “It’s good to have him and hopefully in the future he gets healthy.”

Simmons posted an Instagram photo from that night with Embiid, Nik Stauskas, T.J. McConnell and Nerlens Noel. The rookie had remained in Philadelphia while the team was on the Sixers’ nine-day road trip and linked up with them when they returned from Denver. Embiid said the gathering came to be from texting one another. “That’s something I feel like Ben is going to appreciate a lot because I was in that type of situation,” Embiid said. “When I was by myself I felt kind of left alone and when I had guys around me it just made me feel better.”
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