Bryan Colangelo the president of the Philadelphia 76ers opened his first news conference since the end of the NBA trade deadline with bad news for some fans.
On Friday, Colangelo announced that Ben Simmons was not going to play this season.
Simmons was selected No. 1 overall in the NBA draft last June. His broken foot was scanned on Thursday in New York.
The scan revealed that the foot was not completely healed and given that Philadelphia has just 25 games left on its regular season schedule, the team felt it best to keep the standout off the court the rest of the way.
Hours after the announcement by Colangelo the team announced the official welcoming of its two newest players Tiago Splitter and Justin Anderson.
Splitter was acquired along with a second round draft pick from Atlanta for Ersan Ilyasova. The Sixers can also swap another second round back in this June’s draft.
This season Splitter has not played due to calf and hip injuries. His contract will end at season’s end this year so he could leave the team by signing with any other as a free agent.
Splitter and head coach Brett Brown know one another from the days Brown was an assistant with San Antonio and Splitter played with the Spurs.
Anderson along with Andrew Bogut and a first round draft pick were acquired by the Sixers from Dallas for forward Nerlens Noel.
Anderson, who is in his second year, was activated for Friday’s game against Washington.
Being traded to Philadelphia helped Anderson be closer to family and friends. Anderson grew up in Virginia and played high school in Maryland.
Simmons fractured his foot on September 30 which was the final day of camp before the start of the regular season.
A scan and visit by to the doctor on January 23 revealed part of the bone did not fully heal. That led the team to request another scan Thursday.
Colangelo said that Simmons was heartbroken after hearing the news.
Nevertheless, players, coaches and front office personnel are confident Simmons will return and have a strong rookie season next year.
Fans have been waiting since June of last year when Simmons was taken first in the draft out of LSU where he played just his freshman year before declaring for the draft.