After being examined earlier this month, Ben Simmons has been cleared to take the following step in his return to play.

And presumably these subsequent steps are on a court docket.

“Ben has been cleared to progress to his subsequent stage of his rehab and is progressing rather well,” Simmons’ agent Bernie Lee instructed The Publish on Wednesday. “And we stay very enthusiastic about his skill to return to kind subsequent 12 months.”

Return to kind covers an enormous expanse between Simmons’ intermittent and ineffectual play for Brooklyn this previous season, and his spectacular stage when he made three consecutive All-Star video games for Philadelphia from 2019-21.

However the Nets have privately admitted getting Simmons again on the ground and on tempo for at the least a productive 2023-24 marketing campaign is arguably their most necessary offseason job.

The 26-year-old’s return has been stop-and-start with seemingly limitless hurdles, however this information — alongside along with his latest return to on-court exercises in Brooklyn and now Miami — means he’s cleared a number of necessary ones.

Following Simmons’ microdiscectomy surgical procedure for a herniated L-4 disk Might 5, 2022, a number of specialists instructed The Publish that it may take 18 months for the nerves to completely get well — which means roughly a month into subsequent season — and that there was an opportunity he may require a follow-up surgical procedure.

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After the Nets shut Simmons down for the season with a nerve impingement, that concern solely grew.

“He’s checking the containers on assembly completely different markers alongside the way in which; so at this level he doesn’t want surgical procedure,” Nets GM Sean Marks mentioned final month. “That’s the hope going ahead, that he won’t should endure one other surgical procedure and we will maintain progressing. The timeline for that is that he’ll be again 100% most likely by Sept. 1. That will be the objective and he’s a full-go in coaching camp and able to go.”

Simmons had already returned to figuring out at HSS Coaching Middle, posting a number of early-morning footage on Instagram a few weeks in the past.

And Wednesday morning he shared an Instagram story from on the court docket on the College of Miami together with the caption “Daily” and three face with steam emojis, representing him placing in work.

After holding out in Philadelphia (citing psychological well being points and his dangerous again), Simmons obtained traded for former MVP James Harden in February 2022.

He missed the remainder of that season, and appeared in simply 42 video games this previous season.

Ben Simmons shared a picture of the court at Miami, where he's expected to take the next step in his rehab.
Ben Simmons shared an image of the court docket at Miami, the place he’s anticipated to take the following step in his rehab.
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After posting profession averages of 14.7 factors, 7.8 rebounds and seven.5 assists, he mustered averages of simply 6.9 factors, 6.3 boards and 6.1 assists this season for Brooklyn, all profession lows.

“The group round Ben has seen a whole change in Ben’s focus and mentality [through] this rehab and the way he has attacked it and engaged with the whole lot,” a supply conversant in the state of affairs instructed The Publish.

Simmons, who had expressed curiosity in enjoying for Australia within the FIBA World Cup in late August and early September, was left off the Boomers’ preliminary 18-man roster final week.

“I’m at the moment rehabilitating my again harm and placing my full effort and focus in the direction of that,” Simmons instructed the Every day Telegraph in Sydney.

That rehab is taking a big step ahead.