NBA rumors: Ben Simmons out tonight, did not travel with team

Noah Levick: Ben Simmons (illness) is out tonight, Doc Rivers says tonight. Joel Embiid will play. Rivers says he’s counting on Tobias Harris and Seth Curry being available.

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Noah Levick: Joel Embiid (left knee recovery) and Seth Curry (left hip flexor recovery) have been added to the injury report as questionable. Tobias Harris (right knee soreness) and Ben Simmons (illness) remain questionable.
Derek Bodner: #sixers afternoon injury report has the following players listed as questionable: - Ben Simmons (illness) - Dwight Howard (left knee soreness) - George Hill (right thumb) - Tobias Harris (right knee soreness) - Seth Curry (left hip flexor tightness Also: - Steph Curry (ankle)
Derek Bodner: Afternoon injury report: - Ben Simmons - Probable (left calf tightness) - Shake Milton - Probable (right knee hyperextension) Mike Scott and Terrance Ferguson remain out.
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star forward Ben Simmons will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is likely to miss the rest of the season, sources tell ESPN. Simmons will have a loose body removed from his left knee in the coming days, the team announced Saturday.
Only a deep Sixers playoff could keep a fleeting hope of his return alive this season, sources said. Even then, his return from the procedure -- expected to take place outside of the Disney campus in the coming days -- is largely expected to come next season. The Sixers are preparing now for a postseason run that will come without Simmons, one of the league's most talented and versatile weapons.
The Athletic: Sixers point guard Ben Simmons is leaving the NBA bubble to remove a loose body in his left knee, sources tell @Shams Charania.
Adrian Wojnarowski: While the Sixers haven't ruled Simmons out for the season, sources say it would take a deep run into the playoffs to keep the door open on the possibility of a return --- and that's still an iffy proposition. For now, the Sixers need to prepare for a postseason without Simmons.
The Philadelphia 76ers have no clarity on how long All-Star forward Ben Simmons will be sidelined after partially dislocating his left knee cap. For the sake of preparing his team for the postseason, however, has Sixers coach Brett Brown told his players to brace for the worst-case scenario? "No," Brown told USA TODAY Sports following the Sixers’ 114-108 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday. "Everybody thinks different things, so I don’t want to be full of (BS) and say, 'No, everybody thinks he’s playing tomorrow.' People know we were just trying to play tonight knowing we didn’t have Ben and that we’re going to learn more later. But no is the short answer."
Mark Medina: Brett Brown said there isn’t any new update on Ben Simmons. He’s out tonight vs Orlando, but is sifting through recovery options
Brown said the Sixers should know within the next 24 hours what the next steps for Simmons will be. The team said in its statement Thursday that treatment options were being considered. Simmons has already been ruled out for Friday's game against the Orlando Magic. "Yeah, it's a little frustrating sometimes," guard Josh Richardson said of losing Simmons. "But that's the way the game goes. So we're going to just have to have a next-man-up mentality like we've had all year. Guys will pick up the slack, and when we get him back, he'll fit back in seamlessly.
That will hinge on a couple of primary factors: which treatment option Simmons decides on, and how his body responds to the treatment. While Simmons' general durability and recovery from a recent back injury are encouraging factors, it's hard to say what the timetable looks like until the specifics are hammered down. Surgery is usually not recommended for first-time injuries of this nature, but even conservative treatment plans can last in the neighborhood of six weeks.
“My opinion, and this is not confirmed yet, is that we are going to be able to inch him back into this,” Brown said. “Is he going to be 100%, I don’t expect that. But I think he is going to be available.” Brown has kept busy the last few months. When the NBA shut down, Brown put his staff to work. He searched for reasons why a team that was 29-2 at home could be a dreadful 10-24 on the road. Everything from travel schedules to hotels to team meetings were dissected. He studied the offense, which failed to click, especially in the half court. He studied the defense, which slipped into the middle of the pack after Christmas. “It was what did we do well and what didn’t we,” Brown said. “And let’s fix the stuff we didn’t.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers GM Elton Brand is optimistic that Ben Simmons (back) will return if or when the season resumes. But Brand was asked if the PG would be ready if the playoffs were today: "It’s tough because of him not playing 3-on-3, 5-on-5 just to speculate there. But when I FaceTime him during his workouts, during his treatment and I see him, I’d be highly encouraged that his ramp up would be different. We took our time. We’ve been methodical and thoughtful about his recovery and rehab just to make sure, because we weren’t in a rush. It’s hard to speculate, but he’s been working hard, and I know he’d be closer or ready."
Keith Pompey: #Sixers GM Elton Brand: "Ben and others have been given permission to use our facility. It is essential that they can get the proper equipment to work out and rehab. So that’s where he’s been. He’s been doing that ever since the first week. We were able to get him access there."
The last official update on Simmons was on March 11, when Philadelphia released a statement announcing he would be "reevaluated in three weeks." But multiple team sources confirmed the original plan was always to bring Simmons back for the postseason and, depending on his comfort level, work him back in for a "handful" of regular-season games.
The nerve impingement diagnosis lacks clarity because the cause of the impingement is a critical factor in Simmons’ recovery. That detail has not been released, so we’re a bit in the dark. (The Sixers have yet to release an official statement on Simmons’ injury, but a team representative confirmed to The Athletic it is “nerve impingement in the lower back.”) What we do know is Simmons was dealing with back issues before Saturday’s game. According to the team, Simmons initially felt discomfort last Wednesday, during the first practice following the All-Star break. He received treatment following that practice, and again on Thursday as he still experienced pain. He then missed last Thursday’s game against Brooklyn with “lower back tightness.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: After lower back injury on Saturday, Ben Simmons underwent initial evaluation in Philadelphia today and will undergo further testing tomorrow, league sources tell ESPN. He will be out for Monday's game vs. Atlanta.
Jon Johnson: Per team spokesperson, Ben Simmons will undergo further testing on back today. An update will follow soon after. Simmons initially suffered the injury going up for a rebound at practice on Wednesday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Philadelphia's Ben Simmons will undergo an MRI on his lower back on Sunday, league source tells ESPN. He was definitely in some pain tonight after game vs. Bucks.
There is some level of concern surrounding the possible nature of the injury, league sources tell ESPN. A clearer picture is expected after testing on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Jon Johnson: Shake Milton probable tonight. Trey Burke questionable(left calf). No word yet on Ben Simmons.
Jon Johnson: Ben Simmons questionable for tomorrow night. Al Horford out-planned. Shake Milton-doubtful.
Ben Simmons didn’t give a timeline for his return. The 76ers point guard, who is sidelined with a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, deferred the return question to the team’s public relations department. “I’m going to make sure I’m 100 percent before I come back, though,” Simmons said Friday night.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers’ PG Ben Simmons’ status for tonight’s game has been downgraded to out with lower-back tightness. It’s just a precautionary measure by the #Sixers. He wound be available to play if this was a regular-season game.
Serena Winters: Ben Simmons & James Ennis III both practiced today. Per Sixers, their status for Friday’s game will be determined after tomorrow’s practice. If everyone is healthy, Brett Brown says Friday’s game will be like a dress rehearsal (in terms of mins) for the season opener Tuesday!
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