Ben Simmons and his camp will join the Nets and come up with a plan for the coming months, one that will put them on the best path to physical and mental health and a successful return to the field.
“We will work with the Nets on a summer plan,” a source close to Simmons told The Post. “Everyone is confident.”
The Nets want Simmons in rehab to be in Brooklyn as much as possible, putting Philadelphia as far away as possible in the review mirror. The 25-year-old is finally unloading his mansion in South Jersey, which can only help a small step.
Simmons – who forced a change from the 76ers to the Nets in February. 10, but he didn’t play at all last season – he sold his suburban mansion in Moorestown, NJ for $ 4.55 million, and he also has his apartment in the Ritz Carlton Residences in downtown Philadelphia on the market. Both listings were reported by The Dirt.
The 10,500-foot South Jersey mansion – 40 minutes from where the 76ers train in Camden – was bought by Phillies player Nick Castellanos. Immediately after Simmons asked for a transaction from the 76ers last fall, he put his Center City apartment on the market for $ 3.1 million. It is now listed for just under $ 3 million.
Simmons underwent a microdiscectomy on May 4 to treat an L-4 herniated disc in his lower back. He is expected to need three months of detox, but be physically prepared for the camp, which is expected to begin in September.
Simmons, who consulted a therapist, cited mental health issues in Philadelphia. He and Agent Rich Paul met with Nets general manager Sean Marks to discuss what the team could do to make it easier for him to return to the field.
“From the communications I had with him several times since the operation, he already feels relieved and feels great. He knows that, he goes back to those five months, he has a great accumulation to prepare and contribute “, said Marks. “As for Ben after the operation, I don’t want to speak on his behalf, but I feel relieved. There is a new lease of life, so to speak. When you can take a problem and say it should be solved and move it from here to now, move on. ”
Sixers President Daryl Morey acknowledged his inability to build a proper relationship with Simmons, and the team could not get him to be open with their mental health professionals. Regardless of whether Simmons chooses to use Nets employees, Marks said bringing him to the HSS Training Center and around his teammates and coaches as much as possible will be vital.
“[The question] about how we support him through the mental performance part of things, this is a delicate subject, ”said Marks. “I don’t want to talk about mental health or mental performance. I’ll let Ben address this at the right time. I will say this: Whether it’s the NBA or if, as everyone has been through, I’m looking around and I’d love to [see] if there is anyone who has not had any kind of mental fatigue in the last two years.
“It simply came to our notice then. I don’t apologize to anyone in the professional sports area, but we all need support. And we’re going through that. And the same for Ben. We do our best, we can bring it around our group. This is the key. He needs to be here, to feel the smell of the hall again, around his friends, around his family and to participate in it and to help him build a culture together. Build it together, build it back. ”
Northwest Missouri State Guard Trevor Hudgins had an advance training session at HSS Training Center last week, according to his Instagram story. … The remarkable Long Island Nets, Craig Randall, the second highest scorer in the G-League, participated in the free agent camp with the Knicks. The Nets have rights in the G-League, but not in the NBA, so he is an unrestricted free agent.