Sixers Ben Simmons Out For The Season

Ben Simmons has been ruled out for the remainder of his rookie season after tests revealed that his broken right foot has not fully healed.

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo made the announcement Friday morning, saying that Simmons is “heartbroken” over the news and that the No. 1 overall draft pick “wants to play.”

Colangelo told reporters that the Sixers, who have 26 games remaining this season, feel there is not enough time left for Simmons to condition himself for game action.

“We’ve always anticipated that there would be an opportunity for him to play, hopefully this season,” Colangelo said. “But there was always an outside chance that it didn’t happen because there wasn’t complete or full healing.

“We were not going to put Ben Simmons in a situation where he was at risk for a refracture.”

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Simmons fractured his foot at the end of September and has not appeared in a regular-season game yet for Philadelphia.

“Unfortunately, Ben is going to sit out. That’s the bad news. The good news is one day he’ll put on a uniform,” Colangelo said. “It’s not the way you want to start your career, but it happens. We’re not excited about the news today. Ben is heartbroken.”

Simmons, who was Philadelphia’s first No. 1 overall pick since Allen Iverson in 1996, was going to play point-forward for the Sixers.

“Nothing has changed with the plan and the vision,” Colangelo said. “The plan is to build and sustain a successful basketball program.”

Colangelo also said star center Joel Embiid will miss at least four games because of a bruised left knee that has sidelined him for 11 of the last 12 games.

Source: ESPN

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The Dallas Mavericks have traded center Andrew Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Nerlens Noel, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and multiple reports.

The Mavericks will also send Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round pick to Philadelphia, sources told ESPN.

The Sixers, sources told ESPN, are now working on a “landing spot” for Bogut in another trade.

Bogut, a 12-year veteran who has started his entire career, was moved to the bench last month because the Mavs struggled with him playing next to Dirk Nowitzki.

Bogut is averaging 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 26 games.

Noel, in his third NBA season, is averaging 8.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 29 games. He clashed with the Sixers at times during his stay due to a logjam in the frontcourt that also included Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid.

The addition of Noel, 22, fits Dallas’ dual goals of fighting for a playoff spot and preparing for a post-Nowitzki future.

Noel will be a restricted free agent after next season, which means the Mavericks can offer him more money/years than any other team. Dallas can also match any offer sheet.

Source: ESPN

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