• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant Scores 15 in preseason debut

    Durant (foot) scored 15 points with two rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win over Minnesota. Durant said he had no issues with his foot, which underwent three procedures in the last year. "I felt great. Once I got on the court, I felt right at home," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.It was Durant's first game since Feb. 19. The former MVP most recently went under the knife in late March for a bone graft operation, the standard procedure for correcting a previously unsuccessful Jones fracture surgery. It's only one game, but Durant looks back to full speed but we'll have to monitor his progress during the preseason.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant says he's ready to go

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant (foot) reiterated Monday that he's fully cleared for the upcoming season, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports. "Ready to go," Durant said. "Did everything necessary for me to get back on the court." Durant has underwent three foot procedures in the last calendar year, which conspired to limit him to a career-low 27 games in 2014-15. The former MVP most recently went under the knife in late March for a bone graft operation, the standard procedure designed to correct a previously unsuccessful Jones fracture surgery. Historically, bone graft surgery has shown to help the foot's stability over time with no significant limitations on a player's ability, so the Thunder clearly seem optimistic Durant can return to an elite level right away. If that's indeed the case, Durant could be worthy of a No. 1 overall fantasy selection, though the risk averse may feel comfortable constructing their roster on some of the game's other star talents.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Thunders' Kevin Durant tests foot with on-court work

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant tested his surgically-repaired foot with an on-court workout in Los Angeles on Monday, per NewsOK. Durant worked out with teammate Russell Westbrook and was able to cut, jump, run and dunk, without issue.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Thunder SF Kevin Durant says he'll be ready for hoops by August

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant was a surprise observer at NBA Summer League action in Orlando this weekend, but was walking without a boot around his troublesome right foot and saying that he'll be ready for full basketball activities in August, per The Oklahoman. Durant underwent a third surgery on his foot in March, with a four-to-six month timeline for his recovery. He said he expected to be cleared by August, on the early end of the rehab scale. "We're close to Phase 3 now," Durant said. "A three-phase rehab. It's going well. I'm jumping when I'm shooting. I'm not quite running and cutting yet but I'm almost there. So it's going well. I'm excited."

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Videos show Thunder star Kevin Durant accelerating rehab

    Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has released a series of videos that show him ramping up his rehab from foot surgery, per The Oklahoman. In one video, he's seen jogging on an "anti-gravity treadmill" designed to take pressure off the foot while still conditioning. Another shows him taking flat-footed shots from beyond the arc. He is also shown going through balancing exercises on his foot. Durant, who was limited by injury to just 27 games last season, claimed recently that his projected return date is Aug. 1. The videos indicate he's progressing well.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Thunder GM says Kevin Durant could return to court by summer

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant is still recovering from foot surgery but general manager Sam Presti is hopeful that his star will be able to get back on the court in the next couple of months, per the Oklahoman. While Durant is progressing, he's still not at a weight-bearing stage on the his foot, which has troubled him for the past couple of seasons. "We're definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being back on the floor toward the end of the summer," Presti said on a conference call.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Klay Thompson's dad: Warriors will 'go hard' for Kevin Durant

    Former NBA player Mychal Thompson, the father of current Warriors' guard Klay Thompson, claimed to have inside information on how the team will approach the 2016 free agent market. Appearing on his Bay Area radio show, Thompson said he "heard it on good authority, ... that they're gonna go hard after Kevin Durant." Durant's contract with the Thunder expires in 2016 and he'll be a free agent. "The cap is gonna go up," Thompson said. "David Lee is gonna be off the books. So they are gonna have some salary cap room."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Thunder F Kevin Durant on Billy Donovan hire: I'm excited

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant expressed approval of the team's decision to hire Billy Donovan as their next coach, reports ESPN.com. "I'm very excited to learn from him and get better from him and do my best to do whatever he tells me to do," Durant said. In order to gauge how Donovan is as a coach, Durant said he reached out to former University of Florida players Mike Miller and Chandler Parsons. Despite having never coached in the NBA, Durant was confident Donovan would be a successful coach with the Thunder, according to The Oklahoman. "If you know how to coach a team, that's all that matters," he said.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Thunder's Durant supports decision to fire Brooks '100 percent'

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant said in a statement Wednesday that he supports the team's decision to fire coach Scott Brooks "100 percent," The Oklahoman reports. "Today was tough for me," Durant said. "While I support our team's decision 100 percent and look forward to the upcoming season and the future in OKC, Scotty was my coach and a friend for the past seven seasons. We accomplished a lot together, and those times will never be taken away from us. I grew as both a man and a ball player under his guidance and for that I will be forever grateful. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family, who have also been such a big part of this city and organization. I know he will be very successful in wherever his next steps in life are." The Thunder finished the season 45-37 but missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons and the first time with Brooks as coach of the team for a full season. Durant was limited to 27 games while dealing with ongoing foot issues.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Thunder's Durant, Westbrook offer support for Scott Brooks

    With the Thunder reportedly contemplating whether to bring back coach Scott Brooks next season, forward Kevin Durant said Brooks does not deserve blame for the team missing the playoffs for the first since 2008-09, reports The Oklahoman. "He rallied us, made sure we were all emotionally stable," Durant said. Guard Russell Westbrook agreed with Durant that Brooks did the best job possible. "As a coach and as a friend, I think he does a great job," Westbrook said. Durant added that he was disappointed he wasn't able to finish the season to help the team due to his foot injury. "I'm definitely pissed," he said. "I can't wait for the first game [next season]."