Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash has ruled out Ben Simmons in the play-offs on Monday.
Simmons, 25, started light shooting over the weekend but did not advance to a 1-on-1 in the workout. Simmons is recovering from a herniated disc, suffering after the net traded for him on February 10th.
Nash’s announcement, via Athletic, comes about three weeks after reports that the net was expecting Simmons to play a few games before the post-season begins.
Simmons has yet to play this season. Before trading in the nets in February, Simmons sat out the season in a feud with the Philadelphia 76ers, then suffered a back injury. Two weeks ago he received an epidural injection.
Nate Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and the 76ers picked up two first-round drafts in exchange for James Harden and Paul Millsap.
Simmons is a three-time All-Star and a two-time All-Defensive team honorary. He has a career average of 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 275 games, all starting with the 76ers in four seasons.
Nets (40-38) is the 10th pick in the East and got a play-in berth They have four games left with Charlotte Hornet, ranked 9th-10th. Hornets owns the tiebreaker between the teams.
Both teams are one game behind the eighth-ranked Atlanta Hawks.
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