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Report: Nets eye ‘couple’ of regular-season games for Ben Simmons

Mar 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) on the bench against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

A day after Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said he had “high hopes” that Ben Simmons could return to action in the regular season, the Nets reportedly zeroed in on a more precise timeline for the injured star on Wednesday.

The team is aiming to have Simmons play a “couple” games ahead of the postseason, ESPN reported.

The Nets acquired Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round draft picks from the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 10 in exchange for James Harden and Paul Millsap.

Simmons has yet to play for either team this season due to a back injury. He received an epidural injection this week, Nash said Wednesday, as he gets closer to resuming practice with his teammates. To this point, Simmons has been training solo.

The plan moving forward will be dependent upon Simmons’ response to the epidural.

Simmons, 25, is a three-time All-Star and two-time All-Defensive Team honoree. He has career averages of 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 275 games, all starts, over four seasons with the 76ers.

The Nets began their Wednesday night home game against the Dallas Mavericks in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one of four spots that would compete in the postseason play-in tournament.

–Field Level Media