- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The 2016 NBA first-overall draft choice, Ben Simmons, suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in training camp, forcing the Philadelphia 76er to undergo surgery and will keep him out of the lineup for three months.

Now, Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, reportedly wants to sit Simmons for the entirety of the 2016-17 season to allow Simmons’ foot to properly heal.

From Sixers Daily News beat writer Bob Cooney on 97.5 Fanatic:

“I just got off the phone with somebody who I really trust in the NBA, and he’s like there’s no way his agent is going to let him play this year,” Cooney said. “That’s an injury that you don’t mess around with, and he thinks he’s going to keep him off his feet all year.”

Philadelphia may end up being equally cautious with their most promising rookie. Joel Embiid, drafted by the 76ers with the third-overall pick in 2014, missed the entire 2014-15 season with a broken navicular bone in his foot. Further complications and surgery also required Embiid to sit out for the entire 2015-16 season.

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