Philadelphia 76ers Player News: All Positions

News: Broekhoff announced Sunday via his personal Twitter account that he didn't make the trip with the 76ers to Orlando for the resumption of the 2019-20 season after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.
Impact: In his post, Broekhoff notes that his wife is considered high risk, so the 29-year-old is taking some time off to be with his spouse and young son. Broekhoff didn't specifically mention that he was opting out of the season restart, though it seems unlikely he'll join the 76ers at any point unless his wife's health situation takes a turn for the better in the weeks to come. The swingman signed with the 76ers in June and had been ticketed for a depth role on the wing.
News: Broekhoff did not travel with the 76ers to the Orlando bubble due to personal reasons, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Broekoff signed with Philadelphia two weeks ago after appearing in 17 games for the Mavericks earlier this season. It remains unclear why he did not travel with the team for the restart, but some update on his status should be forthcoming.
News: Horford admitted his health "probably wasn't where he wanted [it] to be" so this season and that the time off has been beneficial, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Horford struggled at times during the season, shooting just 44.2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three and 75.3 percent from the charity stripe. It seems the hiatus has given the 34-year-old time to rest his body, and the Sixers are likely hoping he can rise to the level of play we saw out of him in Boston. Over 46 playoff games with the Celtics, he averaged 15.1 points on shooting splits of 53/43/81 plus 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.8 minutes.
News: Broekhoff signed with the Sixers on Friday, Justin Grasso of SI.com reports.
Impact: How large a role Broekhoff will play for his new team remains to be seen. He appeared in 17 games for the Mavericks earlier this season, scoring 4.2 points and grabbing 2.5 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game. His primary value to the Sixers will be his ability to knock down shots from deep, as he's shot a career 40.3 percent from beyond the arc in 59 NBA games.
News: Simmons (back) is back to full health and will be available to play if or when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes, a team source told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com. "He's feeling strong," a member of Simmons' camp relayed to MacMullan. "The original restrictions were very limiting, but all of them have been removed. He would probably need another scan, so the doctors could officially clear him, but there's been no setbacks. He's dying to get out there."
Impact: Before the NBA suspended its season March 12, Simmons had missed the 76ers' last eight games with a lower-back nerve impingement. The 76ers hadn't been planning to even re-evaluate Simmons until early April, so the point guard was seemingly at risk of missing the start of the playoffs, had they begun last week as originally scheduled. The ongoing league-wide shutdown has had the benefit of providing Simmons with ample recovery time from the injury without missing any additional games, and the 23-year-old now looks like he'll be ready to reclaim his normal role whenever the NBA gives teams the green light to resume training. Simmons' impending return is likely most damaging to the fantasy value of Shake Milton, who had started each of the Sixers' past eight games in place of the All-Star and averaged 17.9 points (on 57.6 percent shooting from the field), 4.4 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31.0 minutes.