Sixers Notes: Embiid, Thybulle, Simmons, Joe

Update: Pompeii tweets that Embiid, Thybulle, and Danny Green (hamstring) everyone will be out Thursday against the Nuggets.

This Thursday (November 18) is the earliest Joel Embiid could return after his stint on NBA health and safety protocols, but Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer said in the HoopsHype Podcast with Michael Scotto that the Sixers center will probably be out a little longer than that.

As Pompeii explains, Embiid was symptomatic after hiring COVID-19 and “didn’t do anything basketball-wise” during his absence, so he’ll probably need some time to go back and prepare for the game. While Pompeii acknowledges that perhaps the All-NBA big man will return to the lineup on Thursday, he thinks it will be more likely to happen on Saturday or sometime next week.

Here’s more about the Sixers:

  • Pompeii also told Scotto that Matisse Thybulle (health and safety protocols) should return by next week, if not earlier. Head coach Doc Rivers did not offer any actual details on Tuesday when reportedly asked about possible resellers for Embiid and Thybulle, as Pompeii encrypts.
  • Ben Simmons was, of course, a popular topic of conversation during Pompeii’s appearance on the HoopsHype Podcast. During that discussion, Pompey said he still believes Simmons played his last game as Sixer, but trade negotiations appear to be “on hiatus” for now. Scotto said he had heard from some executives that the 76ers ’hot start without Simmons may have slightly hurt the value of the 25-year-old in the eyes of potential suitors. “When you lose a star player, you usually struggle, but Philadelphia coming out of the gate led the Eastern Conference,” Scotto said, noting that the team fell after Embiid was sidelined.
  • Kyle Neubeck of takes a deep look at where Simmons ’situation stands. Within his column, Neubeck argues that there is an inherent contradiction between an agent Rich Paul‘the claim that negative publicity hurts Simmons’ mental health and Klutch Sports’ apparent willingness to conduct a PR fight by leaking details of the confrontation to the media.
  • As Pompey writes for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Isaiah Joe said he had experienced a number of symptoms of COVID-19, including loss of odor, during his time in the health and safety protocols, but is feeling better now. Joe played Tuesday for the first time since Nov. 3, recording a season-high 24 minutes in Philadelphia’s Utah blast loss.

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