The Nets are still hopeful that Ben Simmons will return to the court this season, despite not having played since February 15 due to knee and back soreness.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn stated that there has been “zero discussion” about Simmons not playing, and that the team is waiting for him to be ready to return.
Although Vaughn declined to give a specific timeline or details about Simmons’ progress, he did indicate that Simmons has been back on the court recently, and that he has not suffered any setbacks.
Simmons has had his worst statistical season yet, and this is the fourth and longest stretch of games that he has missed this year.
While it is unclear how severe his soreness and inflammation have been, Vaughn confirmed that Simmons has experienced discomfort in both areas.
In the meantime, the Nets are working on adding another center to replace Nerlens Noel, who did not return on a second 10-day contract.
Reports suggest that they will sign Moses Brown, a 7-foot-2 center and New York native who played at Archbishop Molloy High School.
Brown spent part of this season with the Clippers and was signed to a two-way contract by the Knicks before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Despite having just 12 games left this season, the Nets are still optimistic that Simmons will return to the court.
Vaughn emphasized that the team’s ultimate goal is for Simmons to avoid recurrence of his injuries, and that they are monitoring his progress closely.»Nets hold out hope for Ben Simmons’ return this season despite injury setback«