Ben Simmons to undergo back surgery

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 10:  Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets warms up before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on March 10, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Ben Simmons is scheduled to have back surgery on Thursday. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets announced on Wednesday that Ben Simmons will undergo back surgery on Thursday.

Simmons didn't play for the Nets this season after a February trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. After reports that he might join the Nets lineup for its first-round series against the Boston Celtics, Simmons remained sidelined as Brooklyn was swept out of the playoffs. The Nets announced prior to Game 4 that Simmons wouldn't play, citing "back soreness."

He'll undergo a procedure called a microdiscectomy to alleviate pain, according to the Nets.

"After consultation with multiple back specialists, it has been determined that the best course of action for Ben's long-term health is for him to undergo surgery," the Nets statement reads. "The microdiscectomy procedure, scheduled for Thursday, is designed to alleviate pain caused by the herniated disc in Ben's back. Further updates will be provided following the procedure."

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