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Nets signed Ben Simmons to work together in rehab

Ben Simmons and his camp will sit down with the Nets and come up with a plan for the coming months that should put him on the best path to physical and mental health and a successful return to the pitch.

“We will be working with the Nets on a summer plan,” a source close to Simmons told The Post. “Everyone is confident”

The Nets want the rehabilitating Simmons to be in Brooklyn as much as possible and get Philadelphia in the rearview mirror as much as possible. The 25-year-old is finally unloading his South Jersey mansion, which can only go a small step toward that end.

Simmons — who forced a move from the 76ers to the Nets on Feb. 10 but didn’t play at all last season — sold his suburban mansion in Moorestown, NJ, for $4.55 million and has his condo at the Ritz Carlton Residences in downtown Philadelphia at the market. Both listings were reported by The Dirt.

The 10,500-foot South Jersey mansion — which is 40 minutes from where the 76ers train in Camden — was purchased by Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos. Immediately after requesting a trade from the 76ers last fall, Simmons put his Center City condo on the market for $3.1 million. It is now listed for just under $3 million.

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Ben Simmons
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Simmons had microdiscectomy surgery on May 4 to treat a herniated L-4 disc in his lower back. He is expected to need three months of rehab but will be physically ready for the training camp, which is expected to start in September.

Simmons, who has seen a therapist, cited mental health issues in Philadelphia. He and Agent Rich Paul sat down with Nets general manager Sean Marks to discuss what the team could do to facilitate his return to court.

“After the conversations I’ve had with him several times since the surgery, he’s already feeling relieved and feeling great. He knows that, it goes back to those five months, he has to prepare and make a big contribution,” Marks said. “Regarding Ben’s post-op I don’t want to speak for him but I can tell he’s relieved. There is a new attitude towards life, so to speak. If you’re able to take a problem and say it should be fixed and move it out of here, and now it’s the rest.”

Sixers President Daryl Morey has acknowledged he is unable to form an appropriate relationship with Simmons and the team has been unable to get him to be open with their mental health professionals. Regardless of whether Simmons chooses to join the Nets’ staff, Marks said getting him around the HSS training center and around his teammates and coaches as much as possible will be crucial.

Sean Marks
Sean Marks
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“[The question] How we support him in mental performance is a sensitive issue,” said Marks. “I don’t want to talk about anyone’s mental health or mental capacity. I’ll let Ben address this at the right time. I’ll say this: whether it’s the NBA or what everyone’s been through, I’m looking around and I’d love to do it [see] if there’s someone out there who hasn’t had any kind of mental exhaustion in the last two years.

“It wasn’t easy for anyone. I don’t apologize to anyone in professional sports, but we all need support. And we’ll get through it. And the same goes for Ben. We’re doing everything we can to get him into our group. That’s the key. He needs to be in here, smelling the gym again, with his friends, with his family, and participating, and letting us help them build a culture together. Build it up together, build it up again.”


Northwest Missouri State Security Guard Trevor Hudgins had preliminary draft training at the HSS Training Center last week, according to his Instagram Story. … Long Island Nets standout Craig Randall — the G-League’s second-best scorer — attended free-agent camp with the Knicks. The Nets hold his rights in the G-League but not in the NBA, so he’s an unrestricted free agent.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/14/nets-ben-simmons-committed-to-working-together-on-rehab/ Nets signed Ben Simmons to work together in rehab

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