Brown told Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix "I don't expect" Simmons will be 100 percent, but he does "think he is going to be available" to play in games after being diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his back in February.
Simmons expressed optimism about his recovery from the back injury even before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The two-time All-Star told reporters in March he had "no pain" and was "very confident" about being able to play.
The Sixers are currently the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 39-26 record. They had the league's best home record (29-2) prior to the hiatus, but their 10-24 mark on the road is the worst of any potential playoff team.
Simmons was averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists, 7.8 rebounds and an NBA-high 2.1 steals per contest in 54 games prior to his injury.