Simmons (foot) will not play in this year's NBA Summer League, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Simmons missed his entire rookie season after breaking his foot in late September, and while he was recently cleared for contact, it appears as if the team will remain cautious with their No. 1 pick until the start of training camp at summer's end. The expectation remains, however, that Simmons will be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season as the team's starting point guard.
A recent CT scan on Simmons' right foot came back clean and he's been cleared for five-on-five work, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports.
Simmons is expected to gradually increase his workload in the coming weeks, so despite the being cleared for five-on-five work, the 76ers will likely continue to take a cautious approach with their prized point guard of the future. He's not expected to play in the Las Vegas Summer League in July and will instead turn his focus to getting back to full strength for the start of training cam. Assuming all goes well in camp, Simmons will open the season as the team's starting point guard, but may face some playing-time or game restrictions early on.
Simmons (foot) took part in a controlled, non-contact training session Tuesday that included five-on-zero scripting.
The workouts are similar to what Simmons was able to do prior to the 76ers ruling him out for the season a little less than two weeks ago after he required surgery to insert bone marrow into his fractured right foot. He'll presumably be limited in workouts for the remainder of the season, but the 76ers are hopeful that the No. 1 overall pick will be able to see some action in summer league and receive full clearance for training camp in the fall. The 76ers are grooming Simmons as their long-term solution at point guard, but that won't necessarily preclude them from using their first-round pick on another ball handler in June.
Simmons underwent a minor procedure Monday to insert bone marrow in his fractured right foot, Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
The 76ers announced last week that Simmons wouldn't make his debut in 2016-17 after CT scans showed that his foot hadn't fully healed, but in an effort to speed up his rehab process, he had the procedure to stimulate bone growth and speed up the healing process. Simmons is expected to resume training by the end of the week, though the 76ers will likely be extremely cautious with his activities. The organization remains hopeful that Simmons will be back to full health by the time the summer league arrives, which should provide an opportunity for the 20-year-old to get in some in-game reps before training camp in the fall.
Simmons (foot) was ruled out Friday for the rest of the season, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports.
A CT scan Thursday revealed that there was still a fracture in Simmons' foot, and the lack of healing will force Simmons to sit out the remainder of what would have been his rookie season. The first overall pick in 2016's draft was expected to see majority of his time at point guard upon returning to the rotation, but with his absence now confirmed, T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez will continue to shoulder the load at the position down the final stretch of the season. The team is hopeful that Simmons will be able to make an appearance on the summer league team this year. .
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