Ben Simmons is trying to put Philadelphia behind him in more ways than one.
The former Philadelphia 76ers guard, who was traded to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden after a disappointing end to his 2021 playoffs, has sold his house in Moorehead, New Jersey, to Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos. The house, a 10,500 square-foot mansion with six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms on a 1.78 acre lot, is approximately 40 minutes from Philadelphia. The house had been on the market for six months before the sale. Simmons is still trying to sell a $3 million condo in the City Center area of Philadelphia.
According to Dirt.com, Simmons bought the house in 2019 for $2.375 million. Castellanos will be buying it for $4.55 million, although Simmons made extensive renovations and additions to it during his time there. Renovations include a kitchen makeover, a wine cabinet added to the dining room and a customized recreation space in the walk-out basement. The recreation area includes a theater room, pool table, custom esports gaming area, and a bar and kitchenette.
Simmons recently had back surgery in Los Angeles to address pain located in a herniated disc. He is expected to need three to four months of rehabilitation but will likely be fully recovered ahead of the Nets’ 2022-23 training camp.