Philadelphia 76ers star forward Ben Simmons will undergo surgery, according to a report from Shams Charania on Saturday.
Minutes into the second half of Wednesday’s game against the Wizards, Simmons landed awkwardly while coming down with the ball. Although his MRI did not reveal any structural damage, he was officially diagnosed with a subluxation of the left kneecap on Thursday.
Immediately, the Sixers ruled him out for Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic, although the team initially hoped he could avoid surgery and return to the field this season. That changed on Saturday when it was announced he would be undergoing surgery to remove a “loose body” from his left knee.
The Sixers will not rule out Simmons for the year yet, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. But it will take a deep run in the playoffs to keep the door open to the possibility of a comeback.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him on Twitter: @JGrasso_