Brooklyn Nets' Ben Simmons to undergo back surgery; expected recovery timeline of 3-4 months, sources say 7:50 PM ET Nick FriedellESPN Staff Writer Close Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons will undergo surgery Thursday to treat the herniated disk in his back, the team announced Wednesday. Simmons is expected to need three to four months to make a full recovery from the surgery, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The expectation is that he'll be ready to return well ahead of training camp. "After consultation with multiple back specialists, it has been determined that the best course of action for Ben's long-term health is for him to undergo surgery," the team's statement read. The procedure, called a microdiscectomy, is designed to alleviate pain caused by the herniated disk, the team said.