Ben Simmons is ‘Getting Close’ to Return, Expected Back in ‘Weeks’

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne appeared on the NBA Today show to give fans a vital update on Ben Simmons’ playing status after the All-Star break.

“Ben Simmons, from what I’m told, is going to really ramp it up this week and see where he’s at at the end of the week, but he’s getting close. I don’t think it’s going to–it’s going to be more like weeks rather than months.”

Acquired at the trade deadline on February 10, Simmons has been ramping up his conditioning with the Brooklyn Nets for just over a week now. Shelburne reported on what Simmons was doing to stay in shape before the League shifting trade deadline.

“He has worked out separately with his own group of trainers, according to sources close to Simmons. He has organized his own runs with local players,” Shelbourne said. “He has lifted weights at a local fitness club that’s open to the general public. He has seen his own therapist but hasn’t shared information about his treatment with the team.”

The Brooklyn Nets have 23 remaining games on the schedule and will face Simmons’ former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, on March 10 in Wells Fargo Arena.