Report: Ben Simmons return timeline fits that of unvaccinated player
Ben Simmons surprised the 76ers by signing up for his coronavirus test on Monday.
But it's not yet approved for team activities.
What looks telling.
Ramona Shelburne from ESPN:
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Security Guard Ben Simmons passed his physical exam and held a meeting with the team's front office on Tuesday, but he won't be eligible for team-related activities until Friday at the earliest due to NBA health and safety protocols to participate said ESPN
A player fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and entering the team environment for the first time must return at least one negative result from a team-run polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before interacting with other players and Tier 1 staff, as per NBA- Logs obtained from ESPN's Bobby Marks.
An unvaccinated player must return two negative tests before returning to the facility and participating in individual training sessions where no other player is present. If the player returns two more negative rapid molecular tests, they could then be released to interact with teammates and staff.
Maybe there is another explanation besides that Simmons is not vaccinated. But 76ers trainer Doc Rivers said Simmons would be doing individual training at the team's facility tonight, suggesting Simmons did not test positive.
There are good reasons to get vaccinated: The vaccine is generally safe. People who have been vaccinated are less likely to contract the coronavirus and spread it. If they get a rare breakthrough, those vaccinated will experience less severe symptoms.
However, Simmons also has an incentive not to get vaccinated until his trade request is met.
With four seasons left, Simmons has minimal control of the situation. But unvaccinated gives him a little more control.
Players are swapped if they are more valuable to another team than their current team. If Simmons were vaccinated on a swap - that is, less likely to get infected with coronavirus (which keeps him out) and spread the coronavirus to teammates and other team members (which keeps them out) - he would in some ways be more valuable to any other team than to Philadelphia .
Simmons could also influence his goal by agreeing to be vaccinated only for certain teams. He would have extra control if he wanted to dodge the Nets, Knicks, Warriors, Lakers, or Clippers. He reportedly prefers these three California teams. But it's time to put those Simmons-Kyrie Irving trade ideas on hold as Brooklyn faces New York City's vaccine mandate.
Players on fully vaccinated teams can reportedly go to indoor bars and clubs. It is unclear whether all of the other 76's are fully vaccinated. When asked what percentage of the players were vaccinated a few weeks ago, Rivers said the team was "very, very, very good." If Simmons is the only heist, his teammates might be pushing management to swap him - another wrinkle in already weak interpersonal dynamic.
Simmons has not publicly stated his vaccination status. Maybe it has nothing to do with his trade request / holdout. Making yourself and those around you safer would be a good reason to get vaccinated, even if it made the Philadelphia less likely to move him.
But if Simmons was not vaccinated, that would give him a little more leverage, messed up as that may seem
More about the 76ers
76ers are said to be still involved in Ben Simmons trade talks with teams, nothing ... UPDATE: Ben Simmons reported to Sixers on Monday night report: Ben Simmons is nearing a return to 76ers
Report: Ben Simmon's return schedule matches that of the unvaccinated player originally posted on NBCSports.com
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