Could Kevin Durant return to the NBA this season if they were to start back up? It’s the $110 million question that the Nets would face if the season resumed. Brooklyn is currently sitting 7th in the East and would face Toronto in the first round. Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon while playing for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals last June. Such injuries usually require a year of recovery, and after Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency in July, general manager Sean Marks repeatedly had said the team expected Durant to miss the entire 2019-20 season. Since the NBA season has been suspended due to the pandemic, this has led to the question of a Durant return. “That’s a $110 million question,” Marks told Newshub in his native New Zealand for an article published Saturday.
“In all seriousness, we’ve tried not to talk about his timeline a lot. “He knows his body better than anybody. Our performance team and training staff have done a tremendous job getting him to this point, but I just don’t know how coming out of this pandemic will affect anybody, let alone Kevin.” Durant’s longtime business partner, Rich Kleiman, had opened the door to a late-summer return by telling The Washington Post at the end of February that it was “definitely a possibility” that Durant would play in the Tokyo Olympics. However, Kleiman also told ESPN’s Golic & Wingo shortly after the NBA suspended the season in mid-March that hopes of Durant playing in June or July were “not very realistic.” He followed that up with an appearance on The Michael Kay Show on April 30 in which he said his “assumption is no” that Durant will play this season.
Durant was among four Nets players who tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March, although he told The Athletic at the time that he was feeling fine and not showing any symptoms. The NBA currently has no timeline or structure in place for a return to play. If and when the NBA returns, could you see Kevin Durant play? Would it be worth it seeing they’re the 7th seed? Would you wait until next season when Durant and Kyrie are fully healthy? Leave some feedback below about the possibility of Kevin Durant returning.