Brooklyn Nets Swingman Ben Simmons Sources told ESPN Wednesday that he will require three to four months of rehab after undergoing back surgery on Thursday, but that he is expected to make a full recovery to return to court long before pre-season training camp in September.
Simmons, 25, is undergoing a microdiscectomy to address pain in a herniated disc in his lower back, the network said Wednesday in a statement.
The team said the decision to undergo the surgery was made after “consulting several back specialists”.
Despite numerous attempts that eventually led to setbacks, Simmons never played a game for the Nets following a February 10 deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons had planned to return for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series against the Boston Celtics, but a week-plus of pain-free days ended in pain on the eve of Brooklyn’s elimination.
Simmons and his agent, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, met with Nets general manager Sean Marks and team officials the following day, and agreed to continue working together for Simmons’ physical and mental well-being in a definitive effort to get him back on court next season.
The surgery will clearly limit Simmons’ ability to advance into a 2022-23 comeback after he missed the entirety of last season with the Sixers and Nets.
Simmons, a three-time All-Star and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year, has three years and $114 million left on his contract after this season.
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