By Jerry Wein

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that discussions have gained momentum on All-Star Ben Simmons returning to the Sixers, likely as soon as this week.

Sixers management and coach Doc Rivers progressed in talks over the weekend with Simmons’ agent, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, on a resolution for Simmons to report to the team, sources said.

Simmons could soon speak directly with team officials, something he hasn’t done directly since a late August meeting in Los Angeles when he reiterated his desire to be traded, sources told ESPN.

He has become more open to the possibility of ending his time away from the team and reporting to Philly, sources said.

Probably because his idiotic holdout is costing him a fortune in fines and costing the Sixers leverage with any team that might consider trading for him.