Ben Simmons will not play for the 76ers this season


The former LSU star and No.1 overall draft pick suffered the injury during the 76ers' final training camp scrimmage. As it turns out, Sixers fans, and fans across the league, will have to wait until next year for Simmons' NBA debut. After being drafted third overall by Philadelphia in 2014, Joel Embiid missed all of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons with a foot injury before playing in his first regular-season game on October 26, 2016.

Last week, head coach Brett Brown said the team expected Simmons to return to the court this season but a day later it was revealed that his scan in late January showed that his surgically-repaired foot had not yet fully healed.

Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo made the announcement Friday morning, saying that the organization feels there is not enough time left this season for Simmons to get himself into game condition.

"The scan indicated there's not full healing". "We were not going to put Ben Simmons in a situation where he was at risk for a refracture".

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It is clear Simmons' recovery is behind schedule, though many felt there was no need to rush the promising rookie back into a season far from playoff expectations.

"Unfortunately, Ben is going to sit out". The 76ers traded forward Nerlens Noel this week to make room for him, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid in the same starting lineup.

The LSU product was expected to be out three months when the injury first occurred, but he'll wind up missing the entire 2016-17 National Basketball Association season, Colangelo said.

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