Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons continues to be away from the team due to mental health problems. He's clearly not ready to play quite yet, but it's a good sign the 25-year-old has seeked help from the Sixers' doctors.

While he is working on getting his mind right, he couldn't be any further away from suiting up for the franchise again and, the Aussie has even asked for a trade once again, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick:

“Yet when I checked in to update the state of affairs five days later, the message a source with knowledge of Simmons’ status shared was significantly less hopeful. As it stands, I don’t see a return happening anytime soon — if ever. What’s more, a source with knowledge of the talks between the Sixers and Simmons’ representatives indicated he’s reiterated his strong desire to be traded in recent days.”

Although the Sixers have supported Simmons as he receives professional help, they're not exactly making the situation better by constantly slapping him with fines because of his failure to travel on road trips. Although a trade is ultimately what the point guard wants, that's not going to happen anytime soon.

Per Amick's report, Daryl Morey will wait as long as humanly possible to trade him for a top-tier talent such as Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard. However, the Sixers apparently have a 30-man list of candidates who could be viable options, with 5-10 of them expected to become available in the next year or two.

Needless to say, this situation isn't going to be resolved anytime soon. It's not like any team would be that interested in trading for Simmons right now anyway considering the off-court issues he's dealing with.