Kevin Durant Will Not Return for Brooklyn Nets This Season
If there was ever a glimmer of hope that the extended hiatus would allow Kevin Durant to return to the court once the NBA season resumed, those hopes have been squashed.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Brooklyn Nets are hoping to be extremely cautious with their prized free agent acquisition and have ruled him out for the remainder of the season, if the NBA is to return to play at some point this Summer. General Manager Sean Marks said last week the organization has no plans to allow Durant to play until he is at 100% and fully cleared from his torn achilles injury.
“Guys, Kevin Durant’s not coming back to the Nets this year, that’s not happening, they’re not playing him,” said Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod.
Durant’s business partner, Rich Kleiman, echoed Wojnarowski’s sentiments in a recent interview with both Frank Isola and Wes Wilcox.
“From my standpoint, no. I think it’s unrealistic. That’s just my view on it. We haven’t gotten deep into the conversation about it because of how unrealistic it all seems to me. I figure that, if something changed, he would tell me,” said Kleiman.
Durant, then with the Golden State Warriors, suffered the injury early in the second quarter of Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Prior to returning to the court, Durant was nursing a calf strain, which he initially suffered in a first round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.