Sixers all-star forward Ben Simmons is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left knee to remove a loose body as reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Simmons will leave the NBA bubble for the procedure. Ultimately, the Sixers are unlikely to get Simmons back in time for the postseason, which begins on August 17th. Woj indicated the team has not ruled him out for the rest of the season, but it would take a deep playoff run for a potential return.
The news comes a day after the Sixers took down the Magic 108 - 101 with Al Horford starting alongside Joel Embiid. Horford scored 21 points and looked good defensively, while Alec Burks tallied 22 off the bench in 28 minutes of action.
Early reports indicated that Simmons suffered a subluxation (partial dislocation) of his left knee cap. Simmons injured his knee in Wednesday's game against the Wizards. After the game, Shams Charania reported that his MRI came back "clean" and he is "day-to-day."
Here is the play where Simmons suffered the injury, courtesy of NBCSportsPhilly's John Clark on Twitter.
PhillyVoice's Kyle Neubeck reported on Thursday that this injury "typically tends to be treated through non-surgical means, particularly if it's a first-time issue."
Sixers head coach Brett Brown, talking about the team's reoccuring injury problem, says that he "feels numb to it," per 6ABC's Jeff Skversky.
Simmons, 24, just recovered from a serious back injury that he suffered before the season paused. Simmons used to four months off to rehab his injury and get back healthy. Now, he must deal with another injury, albeit one that is seemingly less serious.
After suffering a foot injury forcing Simmons to miss his entire first year in the NBA, injury was the least of our concerns with the 6'10" physical specimen. Now, the reliability factor with Simmons is starting to come into question.
As far as basketball goes, Simmons has struggled in the three games since the season resumed in Orlando. After a 19 point, 13 rebound, four assist performance in the first game back, foul trouble has got the best of Simmons, who scored just eight points in each of the next two games, playing just 47 total minutes due to fouls and his injury.