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.