If the Philadelphia 76ers are to trade Ben Simmons, no deal is expected before mid-December. On December 15, the vast majority of players who signed contracts at free agents over the offseason will become trade-eligible. At that point, the pool of available options will increase substantially for Daryl Morey.

Simmons has now returned to the Sixers, but isn't expected to play for some time. In a conversation with players and coaches, Simmons said he's not ready to play or fully practice yet. Simmons is working on his mental health, in addition to dealing with some back soreness.

Almost to a man, Simmons' teammates have supported him in his return. All have pledged to give him space and to support him as he works his way back. Despite his return to the team, Simmons has not moved off his trade request.