Ben Simmons return timeline fits that of unvaccinated player

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Ben Simmons surprised the 76ers by reporting for his coronavirus test Monday.

But he’s not yet cleared for team activities.

Which looks telling.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons passed his physical and held a meeting with the team’s front office on Tuesday, but he remains ineligible to participate in team-related activities until Friday, at the earliest, due to NBA health and safety protocols, sources told ESPN

A player who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who is entering the team environment for the first time needs to return at least one negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test facilitated by the team before interacting with other players and Tier 1 staffers, according to NBA protocols obtained by ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

An unvaccinated player must return two negative tests before returning to the facility and participating in individual workouts where no other player is present. If the player returns two more negative rapid molecular tests, he could then be cleared to interact with teammates and staff.

Perhaps, there’s some other explanation besides Simmons being unvaccinated. But 76ers coach Doc Rivers said Simmons would do an individual workout at the team’s facility tonight, suggesting Simmons didn’t test positive.

There are great reasons to get vaccinated: The vaccine is generally safe. Vaccinated people are less likely to contract and spread coronavirus. If they get a rare breakthrough case, vaccinated people are less likely to suffer severe symptoms.

However, Simmons also has incentive not to be vaccinated while his trade request remains unfulfilled.

With four seasons left on his contract, Simmons has minimal control over the situation. But being unvaccinated gives him a slightly more control.

Players get traded when they’re more valuable to another team than their current team. If Simmons would get vaccinated if traded – i.e., less likely to contract coronavirus (which…



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