Nets G Ben Simmons (back) shut down for season

The Brooklyn Nets are shutting down point guard Ben Simmons for the rest of the season with his back injury, coach Jacque Vaughn confirmed Tuesday.

Simmons, 26, will begin a rehab program to treat the nerve impingement that has kept him out of the lineup since the All-Star break.

Simmons played in just 42 games this season amid multiple nagging injuries.

When the Philadelphia 76ers traded him to the Nets in February 2022, a back issue prevented him from making his team debut for the remainder of the season.

The three-time All-Star averaged 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists this season. In 317 career games (308 starts) for the Sixers and Nets, the former No. 1 overall draft pick has averages of 14.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.