“He’s doing good,” Kevin Durant said on Monday after shootaround (H/T ESPN). “He looks good as far as just walking around and being around the team. Haven’t seen him do anything on the basketball court as much, but a couple walk-through things. But I think his spirits are in the right place and he’s excited to be a part of the group and looking forward to having him out on the floor.

“I definitely don’t want him to rush back for us and his back is not right, so take all the time he needs to get his body right and once he’s out there we’re ready to rock and roll.”

Simmons was expected to be a key part of a title run for the Nets after they traded disgruntled superstar James Harden as part of the deal in February.