Nets notes: Bobby Simmons' future

Bobby Simmons, away from the team because of a family emergency, is
expected back for Tuesday’s game in Cleveland. But the veteran forward
may not be a Net all season.

Simmons is glued to the Nets’ bench. He has been inactive 13 times this
season and hasn’t played since Jan. 5.

The Nets want to see if they can move Simmons — who’s on an expiring contract that pays him $11.2 million this season — before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. If they can’t, Simmons could be released at some point after that so he can join another team.

"[Nets president] Rod [Thorn] is compassionate to Bobby’s situation," Simmons’ agent Mark Bartelstein said. "He feels bad. He feels very strongly that he can help a lot of teams and we’re trying to work together to get something done."

Tony Battie is another prime candidate to be waived if not traded by the 18th.

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