Kevin Durant

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: 'My season is over'

    Kevin Durant (Achilles) reiterated Friday that he will not play for the Brooklyn Nets when the NBA resumes play in Orlando in July, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports. "My season is over," Durant said. "I don't plan on playing at all. We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following season. I had no plans of playing at all this season."This echoes what we've heard from Durant on multiple occasions throughout the last few months, but some were still holding out hope that the two-time Finals MVP could make his return following what will be a nearly five-month delay to the 2019-20 season. Durant confirmed that he continues to make progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles, which he suffered during the NBA Finals last June, but he said that he's yet ready to return to game action. "It's just best for me to wait," Durant said. "I don't think I'm ready to play that type of intensity right now in the next month. It gives me more time to get ready for next season and the rest of my career."

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: 'Unrealistic' return

    Kevin Durant's manager and business partner Rich Kleiman said last week in an appearance on SiriusXM Radio that he doesn't anticipate the 10-time All-Star debuting for the Brooklyn Nets if the 2019-20 season resumes in July, Ian Begley of reports. "From my standpoint, no, I think it's unrealistic," Kleiman said, when asked about Durant's potential return. "That's just my view on it. Again, we haven't gone deep into conversation about it because of how unrealistic it all seems to me. And it's also hard to even discuss [the matter of Durant returning] in a real serious manner without any information on the season. [There is] such uncertainty day to day -- as we all [feel], outside of just the NBA -- that the whole thing just feels too unrealistic from my standpoint."In an interview earlier this month, Nets general manager Sean Marks wasn't closing the door on Durant suiting up in 2019-20, but Kleiman's comments suggest the player won't be actively pushing to play when the season restarts. Durant, who signed a four-year, $140 million deal with Brooklyn last July, understandably wants to proceed cautiously with his recovery from the surgery he required for his right Achilles' tendon, one of the more significant injuries an athlete can suffer. Before the league-wide shutdown, Durant had progressed to scrimmaging informally in 3-on-3 settings, so he might be cleared to advance to a more strenuous form of practice when the season resumes, even if playing in games isn't being seriously entertained. If the 2020-21 season begins in December, Durant would be nearly a year and a half removed from Achilles surgery, which should aid his chances of quickly recapturing his All-Star form.

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: Return not ruled out for 2019-20

    Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a recent interview with Grant Chapman of Newshub that the team isn't officially ruling Kevin Durant (Achilles) out for the 2019-20. "That's a $110 [million] question. In all seriousness, we've tried not to talk about his timeline a lot," Marks said. "When you've got enough invested in a player like Kevin, we're never going to push him to come back," Marks said. "When the timing is right, he'll be 100 percent when he gets on the court. I can tell you this though -- before the pandemic, he looked like Kevin Durant, and that's a good thing."The Brooklyn brass continues to shy away from placing any expectations on Durant, who last played in June 2019, when he suffered a torn Achilles during the NBA Finals as a member of the Warriors. Durant's camp has also deflected talk of a return, as his business partner Rich Kleiman said in March that the thought of the two-time NBA Finals MVP returning in June or July was "not very realistic." However, as it looks more and more like the season could resume in the late summer or fall, the possibility of Durant making his Nets debut comes more realistic, at least in theory.

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: Advances to 3-on-3 work

    Kevin Durant (Achilles) had been taking part in 3-on-3 on-court workouts with the Brooklyn Nets before the NBA went on hiatus March 12, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.Neither the Nets nor Durant seem to be seriously entertaining the possibility of the 31-year-old making his Brooklyn debut in 2019-20 -- whenever the season resumes -- but he looks well on his way to gaining full clearance in advance of training camp. Durant underwent surgery to repair his ruptured right Achilles' tendon last June, so he'll have well more than a full year of recovery time before he returns to competitive action.

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: Deemed free of COVID-19 symptoms

    General manager Sean Marks said Wednesday that Kevin Durant (Achilles) and the other three unnamed Brooklyn Nets players that tested positive for the coronavirus are all symptom-free after quarantining for the past 14 days, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.Durant is still self-isolating as a precaution, but he otherwise seems to have made a full recovery from the virus. The 31-year-old can now turn his focus to strengthening his right leg while he approaches the finish line of his recovery from last June's surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. Durant previously ruled himself out for the entire 2019-20 campaign, and recent reports have suggested that will likely remain the case even with the current season suspended indefinitely. Per Logan, Marks noted that even if the regular season and playoffs resume later in the summer, the Nets won't be able to properly gauge Durant's recovery process in the interim since they aren't holding practices.

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: Tests positive for coronavirus

    Kevin Durant has tested positive for coronavirus, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.The 31-year-old is apparently one of the four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive but is currently asymptomatic. Durant issued the following statement: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this." The two-time Finals MVP hasn't played this season while recovering from the torn Achilles he suffered during the NBA Finals last June, but he did travel with the team for a road matchup against the Lakers on March 10.

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: Late-season return still unlikely

    Kevin Durant's (Achilles) business partner, Rich Kleiman, said Monday during an appearance on ESPN Radio's "Golic and Wingo" program that hopes of Durant playing in June or July are "not very realistic."Though Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN relayed Sunday that NBA owners and executives are bracing for mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the league to resume action, the ongoing suspension apparently hasn't changed Durant's tune about a potential 2019-20 debut. Prior to the NBA suspending operations last week, Durant, Kleiman and Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks had all indicated that the 31-year-old would sit out the entire season while he continues to rehab the ruptured right Achilles' tendon he suffered in the NBA Finals last June. Durant has previously expressed a desire to play for the United States team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, though the status of the Summer Games is uncertain at this point in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: May play in Olympics

    Kevin Durant (Achilles) has already ruled himself out for the entire 2019-20 season, but he remains hopeful to play for USA Basketball during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which begin in late July, Ben Golliver of The Washington Post reports. "[Tokyo is] definitely a possibility," Durant's business partner, Rich Kleiman, said in an interview last week. "He allowed his name to be in the group of finalists. But there are other benchmarks in front of him that are more important before he makes those decisions."The Brooklyn Nets signed Durant to a max deal last July with the understanding that he would spend the first season of the contract focusing on rehab for his surgically repaired right Achilles' tendon, which he tore during last year's NBA Finals. By the time the Olympics arrive, Durant will be 13 months removed from surgery, leaving him optimistic he'll be ready to compete at a high level. Kleiman cautioned that Durant still has a few hurdles to clear in the recovery process, so any minor setback the superstar may experience over the next few months could prompt him to err on the side of caution and skip out on the Olympics. In any case, Durant is on pace to be free of any restrictions when the Nets open training camp next fall.

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: Not pursuing late-season return

    Coach Kenny Atkinson confirmed Saturday that he doesn't expect Kevin Durant (Achilles) to play at any point during the regular season or postseason, the Associated Press reports. "No, I think we're all on the same page," Atkinson said, when asked about a potential 2019-20 return for the star forward. "That's not going to happen."Atkinson's comments essentially align with what Durant said about the matter during the preseason, so it doesn't appear the organization has changed its tone with regard to the 10-time All-Star's rehab from June surgery to repair a torn right Achilles' tendon. The coach at least acknowledged that Durant "is getting better," offering optimism that the 31-year-old will be at or near full strength for the start of training camp next fall.

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    Nets' Kevin Durant: Declares self out for season

    Kevin Durant (Achilles) reiterated Thursday in his appearance on ESPN's "First Take" that he doesn't intend to play during the 2019-20 season, Malika Andrews of reports.Durant's admission doesn't come as a major surprise after Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said just over a month ago that the 31-year-old would most likely remain out for the entire campaign. With both Durant and the Nets seemingly on the same page about taking things slowly with his recovery from a ruptured right Achilles' tendon, the expectation is that the 10-time All-Star will be at or near full strength by the time training camp opens in 2020-21.

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