Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons appears to be on the verge of returning from a right thumb injury that has kept him out of the lineup since the season opener on Oct. 25.
According to Sean Highkin of the Rose Garden Report, Simons is considered “day-to-day” now on the injury report.
Similar to Highkin’s update, Trail Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl reported Simons participated through most of the team’s practice today and fellow Portland guard Malcolm Brogdon said he looked great. According to Holdahl, when asked about when Simons could potentially return to play, Trail Blazers Head Coach Chauncey Billups gave this response:
“I’m hoping the next game!”
“I’m hoping the next game!” — Chauncey Billups on when he thinks Simons might return to the lineup https://t.co/wuSrzAsdn1— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) December 4, 2023
Simons tore the ulnar collateral ligament on his shooting hand in the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers after he entered the season expected to be one of Portland’s main contributors. Following surgery on Oct. 31 to repair the thumb, the Trail Blazers said they expected Simons to return to play in approximately six weeks.
Last season, Simons, 24, averaged 21.1 points and 4.1 assists per game, while shooting 37.7% on 3-pointers. Now in his sixth NBA season, Simons is the longest-tenured player with the Trail Blazers.