Ben Simmons likely done for season after Nets reveal nerve impingement in back


Ben Simmons’ season is likely over after the Nets announced that the oft-injured point guard is now also dealing with a nerve impingement in his back.

Per Brooklyn’s announcement, team doctors discovered the impingement during a reevaluation on Friday, and Simmons will now remain out of action while the Nets “determine the best long-term course of treatment.”

With less than 10 games to go in the regular season, Simmons is almost certainly done for the year, and with persistent back problems continuing to pop up for the second straight year, the former No. 1 overall pick’s NBA career could seemingly also be in jeopardy.

Simmons didn’t play a single game last season after holding out with the 76ers, citing mental health struggles, and didn’t return to play once he was traded to Brooklyn due to back issues.

The 26-year-old had already missed 15 straight games with knee soreness, and when he has been on the court, it hasn’t been nearly the type of production he showed at his best in Philadelphia. Simmons likely finishes the season averaging 6.9 points and 6.3 assists per game.

Simmons has two years left on his contract, which will pay him nearly $40 million in each of those seasons.

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