Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has just underwent surgery for what doctors termed as “acute” foot injury as a result of stepping on a teammate’s foot. However, it may not ultimately matter.Rumor has it that we may have seen the last of the Australian phenom this season.
Philly.com’s Keith Pompey instigated rumors by suggesting that the Sixers redshirt Simmons this year while Bob Cooney of the Daily News took it a step further, saying that the team may do it anyways at the order of Simmons’ agent Rich Paul.
“I just got off the phone with someone I trust who said there’s no way his agent will let him play this season” – @BobCooney76 on Simmons
— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 3, 2016
I just hope Cooney wasn’t referring to Pompey as the “asset” but the talk makes a lot of sense. A midfoot fracture has been documented to cut short somebody’s career and it may do that to Simmons if he or the team rushes him back to action. As we all know, there’s eight or nine figures worth of money riding on the former LSU Tiger’s health.
I would really hate to say it’s a win-win for both parties but I guess it’s really close. Erring on the side of caution is always the best way to handle an injury especially to a potential franchise player like Ben Simmons.