Simmons practices with 76ers; status for opener unknown

He was just one of the players,” coach Doc Rivers said.

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Simmons was a holdout for training camp and the early part of the preseason in the wake of his offseason trade demand. The three-time All-Star guard made a surprise return to the team on Monday. Once he cleared the NBA health and safety protocols, Simmons was eligible to practice.

The Sixers open the season Wednesday at New Orleans and play their home opener Friday against Brooklyn.

Rivers said he’llwait and seeon Simmonsstatus for the season opener.

Just watching him, I thought he was in decent shape,” Rivers said. “Still not, ovviamente, game shape.

Simmons, il no. 1 pick of the 2016 bozza, was not on the court when practice was open to the media on Sunday, and the Sixers said the guard was expected to talk at some point this week.

The 25-year-old from Australia has four years and $ 147 million left on his max contract.

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