Nets’ Ben Simmons to miss rest of season due to nerve impingement in lower back

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Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons will miss the rest of the season due to a nerve impingement in his lower back, the franchise announced Thursday. It’s another setback for the former All-Star after injuries have already upended most of this season for him.

Simmons has played in just 15 games this year as a back injury continues to follow him in Brooklyn. He returned to the lineup in late January after missing 39 games and played in nine of 12 games over the next month. But Simmons missed the last five Nets games before this latest announcement.

Injuries derailed what had been a very promising career. Simmons made three straight All-Star teams in Philadelphia, and was voted onto third team All-NBA in 2019-20 at just 23.

He will now consult with medical professionals to find his next best treatment option for the injury.

Simmons, 27, has just one more season remaining on his contract after this one concludes, and it will pay him $40.34 million as part of the five-year $177 million extension he signed while still with the Philadelphia 76ers.

But Simmons has been mostly unable to play during the course of this contract due to physical problems and as he worked on his mental health during his last year in Philadelphia. He has played in just 57 games over the last three seasons.

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