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NBA: Sixers’ Ben Simmons due for check-up next week

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by Agence France-Presse

The top pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Ben Simmons, has yet to play his first official professional game due to a foot injury. His status remains unknown though all that is expected to be cleared soon. The Australian playmaker will have his broken right foot examined next Thursday in New York.

Simmons suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal last September 30 on the final day of a pre-season training camp.

“His next CT scan is scheduled for February 23, after which our medical team will thoroughly review and evaluate his status moving forward. Ben’s long-term health remains our primary concern,” 76ers president Bryan Colangelo said.

Just after the injury, Simmons had been expected to return in January. Now there is concern he might miss the 2016-17 campaign entirely. Simmons takes part in on-court drills but not scrimmages and the team wants him to go through scrimmages before playing in games.

At 21-35, the 76ers are 13th in the Eastern Conference and 5 1/2 games behind the Detroit Pistons for the eighth spot. Even if Simmons is cleared to play, the 76ers might decide not to risk fielding him due to risk and with only 26 games remaining for the 2016-17 NBA season.

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