Nets’ Ben Simmons Undergoes Another Back Surgery

Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons underwent a successful microscopic partial discectomy earlier today (3/14) to alleviate the nerve impingement in his lower back. The three-time NBA All-Star is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp next season.

Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

Simmons has now undergone two back surgeries since getting traded to the Nets in the James Harden deal. 

Simmons appeared in only 15 games this season. He’s averaged 6.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 58.1% from the field and 40.0% from the free-throw line. 

The Nets acquired Simmons from the Philadelphia 76ers in the Harden trade in February 2022. Simmons has played in just 57 games with Brooklyn. 

Simmons was the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He’s made three All-Star teams, two All-Defensive teams and one All-NBA team. 

Simmons’ agent, Bernie Lee, said it’s his fault the Nets swingman is injured again. 

“It is a continuation of the same injury that he has dealt with all year,” Lee told SNY. “…We are trying to get clearer answers as to how to get him out of the reactive cycle he’s in. We continue to try and find non-surgical options to allow Ben to move forward on a permanent basis and that is where this is my responsibility and I am (the) one to blame.

“When I began working with Ben I made a commitment to him that I would do everything I could to find the right answers and specialists for him to work with (in order) to move forward from the issues he has been having. Clearly it hasn’t happened, and that’s my responsibility.”

Simmons has career averages of 14.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks. The LSU product has one year left on his contract. He’ll make $40.3 million in 2024-25. 

Looking for the latest NBA Insider News & Rumors?

Be sure to follow Hoops Wire on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for breaking NBA News and Rumors for all 30 teams!

Leave a Reply