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Doc Rivers latest comments suggest he expects Ben Simmons to be back in Philly

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There seems to be a significant turning point in the Ben Simmons situation with the Philadelphia 76ers. It appears that he has started practicing with the team again and is no longer being fined for missing team activities.

There are two sides to the story. Given everything that happened during the offseason — this could easily be damage control by the Sixers, where they agreed to trade Simmons asap if he returns to camp, plays it cool, and eventually increases his trade value. So both parties end up getting what they want; Simmons joins a team in California, and the Sixers get a perennial All-Star type player in return or several assets that would make the trade more feasible.

On the other hand, Simmons might have come to his senses and decided to return to his team, talk to Embiid, Harris, and the rest of the crew — and reconcile after everything said and done for the last couple of months. The latter seems rather implausible with everything, but who knows, this wouldn't be the first time Ben surprises us this year.

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It will be interesting to see how Philly fans will react to the entire situation if he wears a Sixers uniform again. However, I am afraid Ben has passed the point of no return with some of his statements towards the franchise earlier this year.

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