The Brooklyn Nets introduced Friday night that Ben Simmons has actually been detected with a nerve impingement in his back, placing the previous All-Star ahead’s prospective go back to the court this period unsure.
Simmons, that hasn’t played because Brooklyn’s last video game prior to the All-Star Break last month with a mix of left knee and also back pain, was detected with the nerve concern in his back after a re-evaluation Friday, the group claimed, which follows he’s missed out on 15 successive video games.
Prior to the Webs encountered the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Facility in Brooklyn recently, Webs trainer Jacque Vaughn firmly insisted there had actually been “absolutely no” conversations regarding closing Simmons down for the period then.
” Absolutely running under that idea,” Vaughn claimed, when asked straight if he’s anticipating Simmons to play once more this period. “There’s absolutely no conversations regarding him not playing. We anticipate him to be back, awaiting him to be back, viewing the last Sacramento video game, it was excellent to see him and also his physicality versus [Kings All-Star Domantas] Sabonis last time, so eagerly anticipating seeing that once more, for certain.”
The 26-year-old was a 3-time All-Star, two-time All-Defensive first string option, 2020 All-NBA 3rd group choice and also the 2018 Newbie of the Year throughout his 4 periods on the court with the Philadelphia 76ers, prior to he remained every one of last period – initially after asking for a profession far from Philly, and afterwards after handling injury concerns upon being traded to the Webs in the hit bargain that sent out James Harden to the 76ers in his area.
And Also while Simmons has actually gone back to the court this period, his efficiency has actually dipped. He’s come off the bench 9 times throughout his 42 video games – something he had not done prior to the very first time his NBA profession – and also has actually seen his numbers topple throughout the board, as he’s publishing career-lows in, to name a few, mins (26.3 ), factors (6.9 ), rebounds (6.3 ), helps (6.1) and also totally free toss percent (43.9 ).
Simmons has an additional 2 years continuing to be on his agreement, paying him $37.8 million in 2023-24 and also 40.3 million in 2024-25.
Considering that trading away Kyrie Irving and also Kevin Durant in the days leading up to the target date, the Webs have actually dropped back in the East standings over the previous a number of weeks. Brooklyn has actually gone 5-10 because the All-Star Break, and also currently beings in 7th area in the Eastern Meeting after the Webs have actually dropped their last 5 video games straight – consisting of a heartbreaking last-second residence loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday evening.