Atlantic Notes: Simmons, Celtics, Knicks

The Sixers are still evaluating the next course of action in regards to Ben Simmons, who recently suffered a foot injury, and a decision is getting close, team president Bryan Colangelo told reporters, including Derek Bodner of Philly Mag (Twitter link). Colangelo added it is likely that Simmons will have surgery, but it has not been 100% determined yet, Bodner tweetsMarc Stein of reported Saturday that the No. 1 overall pick will undergo surgery this coming week.

Here’s more from around the Atlantic Division:

  • Colangelo does not seem to believe the injury will have a lasting impact on Simmons, and told reporters, “This is an injury that he should come back from and have a very successful and long career,” Jessica Camerato of tweets. Colangelo also said the team would not rush him back, Camerato, relays.
  • Celtics guard Terry Rozier has emerged as one of the early standouts at camp, Chris Forsberg of relays. Rozier, who is entering his second year, showed promise as a rookie but wasn’t always consistent, Forsberg adds. crowded backcourt that includes Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley as starters and Marcus Smart as a key reserve, as Forsberg notes.
  • Derrick Rose’s stock has never been lower, but because his potential as a difference-maker remains high, it was a good move for the Knicks to land him, Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders opines.

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