NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons is set to return to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday after missing nearly three months because of a pinched nerve in his back.
Simmons has played in just six games this season, none since Nov. 6, and has missed the last 38. He practiced Saturday with the Nets’ NBA G League affiliate and coach Jacque Vaughn said afterward there was a “high likelihood” that the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft would play Monday against Utah.
Brooklyn listed Simmons as probable to play in their injury report Sunday, then upgraded him to available Monday after he took part in their morning shootaround.
Simmons has dealt with back injuries since the Nets acquired him from Philadelphia nearly two years ago. They originally thought his injury in November was in his left hip, before determining it was caused by an impingement in his lower back.