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Ben Simmons’ season ends because of back injury with just 15 games played for Nets



And just like that, Ben Simmons is indefinitely sidelined again. In some ways the writing had been on the wall for a while now.

The Nets announced on Thursday that Simmons will miss the remainder of the season because of a nerve impingement in his lower back. The three-time All-Star, who averaged 6.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists in just 15 games this season, missed 38-straight games from Nov. 8 – Jan. 27 because of the same issue.

In a statement shared on social media, the team said Simmons will consult with specialists and explore treatment options. All parties involved are currently in discussions with medical experts to determine a course of action that will provide the 27-year-old with the best opportunity for long-term sustainable health.

“We continue to try and find non-surgical options to allow Ben to move forward on a permanent basis and that is where this is my responsibility and I am [the] one to blame,” said Simmons’ agent, Bernie Lee, in a recent interview with SNY’s Ian Begley.

“When I began working with Ben, I made a commitment to him that I would do everything I could to find the right answers and specialists for him to work with [in order] to move forward from the issues he has been having. Clearly it hasn’t happened, and that’s my responsibility.”

Brooklyn had a 7-8 record when Simmons was available this season. It had an offensive rating of 109.6 and a defensive rating of 113.0 when he was on the court.

Simmons’ best performance of the season was arguably on Jan. 29, his first game back from his 38-game absence, where he had 10 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and was plus-27 in just over 18 minutes. He had missed five straight games before Thursday’s announcement and has not appeared in the front or back side of back-to-back sets this season.

“Not every game is promised. Injuries happen,” Simmons said in December, the same month he received a planned epidural injection to aid in the recovery of his injury.

This is the second straight season Simmons has been shut down because of recurring back issues. He has played in just 57 total games since being traded to the Nets from the Philadelphia 76ers three years ago and made $78 million over that span. He is owed a guaranteed $40.3 million on an expiring contract next season.

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