The Brooklyn Nets are operating as if Ben Simmons will return to the lineup this season, according to Jacque Vaughn.

"There's zero discussions about him not playing. We expect him to be back, waiting for him to be back," said Vaughn on Thursday.

Simmons has not played since February 15 due to back and knee issues.

Vaughn added that Simmons has not experienced any setbacks as he continues to strengthen his back and knee.

"No setbacks. He's progressing. So, great to see him," added Vaughn.