Ben Simmons will have surgery Thursday to treat a herniated disc in his back, the Nets announced on Wednesday.
“After consulting with several back specialists, it was determined that the best course of action for Ben’s long-term health was to undergo surgery,” the team said in a statement. The procedure he will undergo is a microdiscectomy.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowskithe net guard is expected to make a full recovery in 3-4 months and be ready “well ahead” of training camp.
Despite rumors of Simmons’ possible return during the playoffs, the 25-year-old was eliminated from Game 4 against the Boston Celtics in the first round playoff series between the two teams. The Celtics won the game, ending the Nets’ disastrous season.
It’s been a bumpy year for Simmons, who asked the 76ers for a trade before the start of the season. After a deal fell through, he resigned from the team to attend to his mental health.
Eventually, Simmons was shipped to the Nets in a blockbuster deal that sent James Harden to the 76ers. But as he prepared to return, a back injury prevented him from doing so. Simmons didn’t play a game for the Nets.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/04/nets-ben-simmons-to-undergo-back-surgery-on-thursday/ Nets’ Ben Simmons is due to undergo back surgery on Thursday