Simmons (personal) is expected to be available Friday against the Spurs, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Simmons missed Wednesday's game while attending to a family matter, but he's expected to play in the Magic's preseason finale. Simmons has struggled in three exhibition contests, shooting 28.6 percent from the field.
Simmons (personal) practiced with the team Friday but is still questionable to play in the preseason finale against the Spurs, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Simmons was absent from Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies while attending to a family matter, but that is no longer a concern now that he is back with the team. Simmons has been playing limited minutes all preseason in order to avoid any setbacks from a wrist injury, so if he is active Friday night, it's likely that he is limited yet again.
Simmons will miss Wednesday's preseason game against the Grizzlies for a personal matter, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
It was originally reported that Simmons would play limited minutes Wednesday as the Magic continued to ease him back into the action from a wrist injury. However, it appears a personal issue came up and Simmons will temporarily leave the team. The specifics behind the absence aren't clear at this point in time, so Simmons can also be considered questionable for Friday's preseason finale versus the Spurs. That said, the Magic will have Jonathan Isaac back in the lineup, who should help make up for Simmons' absence.
Simmons (wrist) will play on a minutes restriction in Friday's game against Flamengo, Dante Marchitelli of Fox Sports Florida reports.
This will be the second straight game that Simmons will be on a restriction, as he played just 18 minutes in Monday's game against Philadelphia. Given that this contest is against the Brazilian club, it's likely that Simmons is limited to even less minutes, paving the way for some of the Magic's younger players on the wing to get more minutes.
Simmons underwent surgery on April 24 to repair a torn ligament in his right (shooting) wrist and remains in recovery, Josh Robbins or the Orlando Sentinel reports.
This is the first mention of Simmons undergoing surgery, which occurred roughly two weeks after the end of the regular season. The injury prevented him from playing in the team's final 12 games, though it was simply labeled a contusion at the time. It's unclear when Simmons will be able to resume basketball activities, as Robbins notes that "Magic officials typically don't provide expected timelines for players' returns." Simmons, who started 50 of the 69 games he appeared in, averaged 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 29.4 minutes during his first year with Orlando after playing two seasons for the Spurs. It's unclear if he'll retain a similar role moving forward, as the Magic appear committed to building a youthful rotation, and Simmons will turn 29 next season.
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