Brooklyn Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said there have been "zero" discussions about shutting down Ben Simmons for the rest of the season.

"Definitely operating under that belief," Vaughn said Thursday when asked directly if he's expecting Simmons to play again this season.

"There's zero discussions about him not playing. We expect him to be back, waiting for him to be back, watching the last Sacramento game, it was great to see him and his physicality versus [Kings All-Star Domantas] Sabonis last time, so looking forward to seeing that again, for sure."

Vaughn, speaking before the Nets' game at Barclays Center against the Kings, was generally vague about what Simmons has actually done, declining to say more than that he has progressed to on-court work. He also didn't offer any timetable Simmons is working under for a return to the court.