Ben Simmons ready for Nets training camp?

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For the first time in a long time, the Brooklyn Nets have received positive news. It was announced this week that they will be continuing their partnership with Kevin Durant going forward, settling the NBA trade rumors that have surrounded him since his June 30 inquiry.

With Durant now signed, everyone can focus on basketball and try to win a championship. This season’s roster should be stronger around Durant and Kyrie Irving as the front office has been hard at work this offseason.

Minutes after Durant made his trade request, the team acquired the Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale. TJ Warren was also signed to free agency by the Indiana Pacers. Patty Mills and Nicolas Claxton have been re-signed, while Joe Harris is expected to return to full health after missing all but 14 games last season.

Another player the Nets are looking forward to is Ben Simmons. Simmons was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers before the deadline in the blockbuster trade by James Harden, but he has yet to qualify for the team.

Simmons had to overcome some mental health issues last season and also struggled with a back injury. He had surgery in May and sounds like he’s doing well. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, he is on track to appear on the pitch in training camp.

“Simmons was cleared for three-on-three basketball activities after back surgery in May, and he is on track to be cleared for full five-on-five activities in the coming weeks, league sources say. The Nets and Simmons expect him to be ready for training camp at the end of September.”

Training camp was a time that some people looked forward to because it was sort of a deadline in the Durant saga. Now that that is behind them the focus will shift to the fact that we got to see Simmons on the pitch with his teammates for the first time.

If he’s healthy, Simmons could increase this team’s cap exponentially. His versatility as a defender is something the Nets desperately need, and as an elite playmaker he can take pressure off Durant and Irving, who lead offense.

There are many creative things you can do with a player of Simmons’ caliber. Given what the Golden State Warriors were able to accomplish with Draymond Green, the Nets and their fans must be excited about what’s to come for Simmons.

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