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May 14, 2020 12:52 AM
Nets' Kevin Durant: 'Unrealistic' return
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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 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.

May 6, 2020 12:04 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Return not ruled out for 2019-20
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a recent interview with Grant Chapman of Newshub that the team isn't officially ruling 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.

April 23, 2020 11:08 AM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Advances to 3-on-3 work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant (Achilles) had been taking part in 3-on-3 on-court workouts with the 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.

April 2, 2020 04:20 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Deemed free of COVID-19 symptoms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Sean Marks said Wednesday that Durant (Achilles) and the other three unnamed 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.

March 18, 2020 01:20 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Tests positive for coronavirus
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant has tested positive for coronavirus, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

The 31-year-old is apparently one of the four 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.

March 16, 2020 03:52 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Late-season return still unlikely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

March 3, 2020 02:40 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: May play in Olympics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

January 20, 2020 12:40 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Not pursuing late-season return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Kenny Atkinson confirmed Saturday that he doesn't expect 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.

October 31, 2019 04:52 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Declares self out for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

September 24, 2019 01:12 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Expected to remain out for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Nets expect Durant (Achilles) to remain out for the entire 2019-20 season, but GM Sean Marks said Tuesday that Durant will "have a large say" in when he returns, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.

There's no reason for the Nets to say anything that would suggest Durant will be back before the end of the year, but the organization appears to be leaving the door open to that possibility. Durant will continue to rehab over the next several months, though speculation about his potential return date will undoubtedly begin to heat up in the weeks following the All-Star break. "It's obvious he wants to play, but there's more at stake here," Marks said. "This is a long term approach... it'll be a group decision, including Kevin himself"

September 23, 2019 04:36 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Could return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports that "the feeling within the league" is that Durant (Achilles) could potentially return before the end of the 2019-20 season.

It's mostly speculation at this point, but the mere fact that the notion of Durant returning this season is being floated around the NBA has to be viewed as an encouraging sign for the former MVP. Durant suffered a torn Achilles back on June 10 during the NBA Finals, and a return late in the 2019-20 season would represent a recovery period of roughly nine or 10 months. That would be on the short end when it comes to a ruptured Achilles, but it's certainly not inconceivable. When asked about Durant's progress, teammate Spencer Dinwiddie offered the following quote: "I know KD is taking the rehab process ultra-serious. He wants to come back as soon as it's appropriate, and healthy and the right decision for him, and then also subsequently that would also be the right decision for," said Dinwiddie. "The beautiful part about this is, the man is 7-foot and one of the best shooters of all time. At worst you get Dirk [Nowitzki], and Dirk was a monster. So we're ready for him to come back whenever he wants to and whenever he's ready to do so, and we know that he's going to be a phenomenal major piece of our roster."

June 30, 2019 06:24 PM
Nets' Kevin Durant: Announces he'll sign with Nets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant (Achilles) officially announced via The Boardroom's Instagram account Sunday that he plans to sign with the Nets.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news earlier Sunday, but Durant has now officially confirmed that he'll sign a four-year, $164 million contract in Brooklyn. Durant is expected to be followed in short order by both Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, which immediately moves up the Nets' window of title contention. Of course, Durant is expected to miss much, if not all, of next season after tearing his Achilles during the NBA Finals.

June 30, 2019 05:04 PM
Kevin Durant: Planning to sign max deal with Nets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant (Achilles) is expected to sign with the Nets when he announces his decision Sunday night, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Durant will make the announcement Sunday night via his own platform -- "The Boardroom" -- but it's now widely expected that he'll sign a four-year, $164 million contract to head to the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career. Durant -- who is unlikely to be available for most, if not all, of next season -- is expected to be joined in Brooklyn by Kyrie Irving, as well as veteran center DeAndre Jordan, a close friend of Durant's. While the Nets may be in somewhat of a holding pattern while Durant recovers from his torn right Achilles, the addition of the two-time Finals MVP, plus Irving, will likely position the Nets to contend for an NBA title in 2021 and beyond.

June 26, 2019 11:44 AM
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Officially testing free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant (Achilles) declined his $31.5 million player option Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Durant declining his player option was essentially a foregone conclusion, as the expectation is that he can still land a max, or near-max, deal. Even with Durant possibly missing all of the 2019-20 season, his reputation as one of the NBA's best scorers ever outweighs the risks of a long-term deal.

June 13, 2019 12:13 PM
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Could miss all of 2019-20 season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant (Achilles) is at risk of missing the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from a ruptured right Achilles, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Given the timing of the injury, this isn't exactly breaking news, but Woj included the nugget in a story regarding Kyrie Irving, who some believed could team with Durant in New York or Brooklyn next season. Achilles tears entail a lengthy recovery period, but some players have been able to return to game action in less than a calendar year, so in theory it's possible that Durant -- wherever he ends up this summer -- could return late next season. However, Durant is likely to exercise caution given the circumstances, and Woj's report would seem to imply that Durant's team is prepared for him to miss the entirety of next season.

June 12, 2019 04:04 PM
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Undergoes Achilles surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn right Achilles tendon, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Minutes after coach Steve Kerr told the media he did not have an update on Durant, Charania reports that the superstar already underwent surgery to repair the injury that was widely speculated. Durant, himself, took to Instagram to announce that the procedure went well. "I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles," Durant wrote in a caption. "Surgery was today and it was a success." A recovery timetable is unlikely to be released any time soon, but it's widely expected that Durant will remain out for much, if not all, of the 2019-20 NBA season.

June 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Warriors' Kevin Durant: No official injury update
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that he does not yet have an update on the injury Durant sustained during Monday's Game 5, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports. "We don't have any news on Kevin right now," Kerr said. "As soon as we have some updates we'll let you know."

It's been more than 36 hours since Durant limped off the floor with what appeared to be a right Achilles injury, but the team is yet to provide an official update. In a press conference after the game, GM Bob Myers revealed that Durant would undergo an MRI on Tuesday, and the results of that scan have not yet been made public. The Warriors are reportedly concerned that Durant tore his Achilles tendon, and while that still appears to be the most likely scenario, Durant's camp is yet to offer any confirmation.

June 11, 2019 09:48 AM
Warriors' Kevin Durant: May have torn Achilles' tendon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Warriors believe that Durant suffered a torn right Achilles' tendon in Monday's 106-105 win over the Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Nick Friedell of reports. General manager Bob Myers said Durant will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Before returning to action for the elimination game, Durant had been sidelined since May 8 with a right calf injury, missing nine postseason games in total. Despite being less than fully healthy and having only minimal practice time beforehand, Durant played well over 12 minutes -- scoring 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc -- before his right leg appeared to give out on him when he was attempting to drive past Serge Ibaka with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter. If the MRI confirms that Durant ruptured his Achilles, he would miss the remainder of the NBA Finals, and quite likely, a fair chunk of the 2019-20 campaign as well. The injury would also have major ramifications on the NBA offseason, as Durant, who was expected to enter free agency, could elect to exercise his $31.5 million player option to remain with the Warriors.

June 11, 2019 12:24 AM
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Achilles injury confirmed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant suffered an Achilles injury and will undergo an MRI Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

A truly devastating blow for the Warriors and NBA fans alike as Durant only managed to log 12 minutes in Game 5 after missing the previous nine postseason contests. Look for more confirmation as to the extent of the injury to come Tuesday after he undergoes the MRI. Should he be ruled out for Game 6, look for Andre Igudola to likely return to the starting rotation, with the Warriors forced to rely heavily upon some combination of Jonas Jerebko, Alfonzo McKinne, Jordan Bell and Andrew Bogut off the bench.

June 10, 2019 10:56 PM
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Will not return in Game 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Durant will not return to Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors with a lower leg injury, Ramona Shelbourne of reports.

Durant was forced to exit in the second quarter of Game 5 after suffering a non-contact injury while he made a move towards the hoop. It's unclear what the injury is at this point, however it didn't look good as he seemed to re-aggravate the calf injury that kept him out the past few weeks. He's set to undergo an MRI Tuesday, and he should be considered questionable at this time, however his status for the remainder of the playoffs seems to be in doubt as he was seen exiting the arena in a walking boot and crutches.

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