Ben Simmons will not return this season, Brooklyn Nets coach Jacque Vaughn confirmed on Tuesday.
Simmons did not play a single game in the 2021-22 campaign, in which he was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Nets, and has again had a limited role this year.
The one-time Rookie of the Year has played only 42 games, with 33 of those starts, and averaged career lows in points (6.9), assists (6.1), rebounds (6.3), blocks (0.6) and steals (1.3).
Simmons last played on February 15, since when he has been absent with an unspecified issue.
As recently as March 16, coach Vaughn said the Nets were "definitely operating under that belief" that Simmons would return before the end of the season.
Yet less than two weeks on, he told reporters the point guard would "not be joining us the rest of the year".
Simmons is expected to make a full recovery, Vaughn added, although details about the nature of his absence remain scarce.
Back home @barclayscenter for the week #NetsWorld x @WebullGlobal pic.twitter.com/tzZkRBRlb5— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 27, 2023
The Nets are sixth in the Eastern Conference and set for the playoffs despite trading Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving midseason.