Not only will it mark the trade deadline, but it will also be the day when this year’s top overall pick will have a scan to check on the recovery progress of his surgically repaired foot. The results will also determine if he’ll be able to play this season or not.
The scheduled scan will come exactly a month after his last one, where it showed that it has not fully healed, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Sixers president Bryan Colangelo discussed what the next steps will be on Simmons to make sure he’ll be healthy and also set the expectations of the team’s supporters.
“We continue to monitor the recovery of Ben’s injury and are employing a conservative and thoughtful approach to his rehabilitative program, basing his return to full basketball activity on the advice and direction of medical professionals. His next CT scan is scheduled for February 23, after which our medical team will thoroughly review and evaluate his status moving forward. Ben’s long-term health remains our primary concern.”
The 20-year-old Australian had an impressive Summer League which gave the Philly faithful a lot to be excited about. However, he suffered a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the last day of training camp and had to undergo surgery.
Colangelo’s statement may not sound positive that he’ll play this season, but the team is still hoping for the best and keeping their fingers crossed that he will be cleared by his doctors and finally make his much anticipated debut for the 76ers soon.