By Tom Brennan

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons is leaving the bubble to undergo surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee.

While the Sixers haven’t ruled Simmons out for the season, sources say, it would take a deep run into the playoffs to keep the door open on the possibility of a

Even then, his return from the procedure — expected to take place outside of the Disney campus in the coming days — is largely expected to come next season.

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The Sixers are preparing now for a postseason run that will come without Simmons, one of the league’s most talented and versatile weapons.