Laura Albanese: “To be honest, I feel like our season was derailed by my injury,” Durant said. “Not that we’re a bad basketball team.”
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Alex Schiffer: Kevin Durant is not listed on the Nets injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Heat. Andre Drummond is probable.
Josh Lewenberg: Steve Nash is hopeful that Kevin Durant will return later this week but confirms he won’t play in the home-and-home vs the Raptors tonight or tomorrow.
Kristian Winfield: Nets rule Kevin Durant out for tomorrow’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
The Nets played their 19th straight game without Kevin Durant on Saturday night, but they may not have to wait much longer for their star to return. Durant went through a second high-intensity workout Saturday morning in Milwaukee and if he comes out of that healthy, could only need one more before he is cleared to return from his sprained left MCL — though coach Steve Nash said Durant is unlikely to return during a back-to-back Monday and Tuesday against the Raptors. “Every day closer,” Nash said before the Nets’ 126-123 win over the Bucks. “We’ll see. I expect in the next week he’ll be back for sure. But it could be quick, it could be the whole week barring setbacks.”
“I think with Kevin, he’s been a great healer throughout his career,” Nash said. “The No. 1 thing is to get him back healthy, feeling secure in his health and his body so he can move and be free when he’s back. Obviously he adds a ton to our team on both ends of the floor. He leads the league in scoring, one of the greatest scorers of all time. “But we also know he helps us defensively and gives us more size and length. He’s a big miss for us and whenever he gets back he’ll definitely impact our team on both ends of the floor.”
Nets head coach Steve Nash said Kevin Durant is getting closer to returning from his knee sprain. “Every day closer,” Nash said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “We’ll see. I expect in the next week he’ll be back for sure. It could be quick; it could be the whole week barring any setbacks.”
“I think with Kevin he’s been a great healer throughout his career,” Nash said. “So the No. 1 thing is to get him back healthy and feeling secure in his health and his body so he can move and be free. When he’s back, obviously he adds a ton to our team on both ends of the floor…one of the greatest scorers of all time. And we also know he helps us defensively; he gives us more size and length. So he’s a big miss for us, and whenever he gets back, he’ll impact our team.”
It’s impossible to overstate Durant’s importance to the Nets, but he — just like Dragic, Ben Simmons and an injured Joe Harris — must complete three high-intensity workouts before being cleared to play. “They’re all at different stages of that. But that’s kind of the markers we’re looking at, and they’re all, like I said, at various points in that. Some are in the high-intensity bucket already, some are not,” Nash said. “So I think Kevin’s probably the closest, but has some time to make up still. And Ben and Joe trail behind him. “[Durant] has played. He’s playing. I would say he’s had one. So we’ll see. He seems like he’s getting there and we’ll see how he responds [Friday]. And then we’ll try to get him in subsequent workouts.”
Adam Zagoria: “I think if he’s ready to play, he’s ready to play.” Steve Nash on Kevin Durant, who won’t play tonight
Brian Lewis: Steve Nash said KD is closer to playing than Ben Simmons. #nets
Alex Schiffer: Sean Marks seems to indicate that he doesn’t expect Kevin Durant or Ben Simmons to play “in the next three to four days.” Would put them both out through the Milwaukee game, but Marks adds they’ll see how their bodies respond after practice the next two days.
It’s possible — but unlikely — Kevin Durant will be ready to return from his injury by the Nets’ first game out of the All-Star break. “We’ll see,” coach Steve Nash said Wednesday before the Nets faced the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. “I’m not like, ‘He’s going to play right when the break ends.’ There’s obviously a small chance, but we want to be really careful because a setback would be tough when there are 20 or so games left. “We don’t want to jeopardize there and have a setback where he misses another six to 12 games, so I think we’ll be cautious coming out of the break. There’s a chance he could play, but I think it’s more likely that we don’t get our hopes that he’s going to play the first game out of the break.”
Nick Friedell: KD just spoke for the first time in a few weeks — he sounds confident he’ll be back soon after the All-Star break but said he doesn’t want to come back at just “80 percent.” He is improving all the time though.
Nick Friedell: Nash said there is still no specific timeline for KD’s return but they are happy with the reports they’ve been getting from home. “We feel really good about his recovery so far. I think he’s well on his way. There’s been no setbacks and everything’s gone to plan or then some.”
Alex Schiffer: Monty Williams asked about Kevin Durant post Achilles performance and if it’s surprised him: “No. God no.” Called Durant “one of the most diligent workers” he’s been around and that KD pushed him as a coach when they were in OKC.
Alex Schiffer: Kyrie Irving said he’s checked in with Kevin Durant since he went down. Said “it’s a big blow.” Adds replacing Durant is impossible.
Adrian Wojnarowski: There’s optimism within Nets that will be a four-to-six week rehab and return for Kevin Durant, sources tell ESPN.
Nick Friedell: KD just walked out of the Barclays Center with a little bit of a limp — but sounded hopeful that the injury wasn’t too serious. Didn’t think it was as bad as when Zaza fell into him. Doesn’t know if he’ll travel to Cleveland yet — will wait to see what MRI says.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kevin Durant will get an MRI on left knee Sunday, sources tell ESPN.
Shams Charania: Nets say Kevin Durant is out for remainder of game vs. Pelicans due to left knee sprain.
Will Guillory: Kevin Durant just walked off the court after reaching down at his left knee. Walked straight to the locker room. Not sure what happened. Looked like he may have bumped knees with one of the Pels players.
Ohm Youngmisuk: LeBron James on Kevin Durant’s comeback from Achilles injury when asked by @Dave McMenamin: “There was never any doubt from myself or anybody in this league…I heard there was only like really 1 group of people that had any doubt on him coming back full strength. Not going to name them.”
Alex Schiffer: Nets say Kevin Durant is available for tonight’s game. They need him. They’re down to eight players.
Kristian Winfield: Kevin Durant is a game-time decision tonight against the Raptors and will be a re-assessed in a few minutes to determine his availability. Durant is questionable with ankle soreness. #Nets
Joe Vardon: Kevin Durant (shoulder) is expected to play tonight for the short-handed Nets in Cleveland, both he and Steve Nash said this morning.
The Brooklyn Nets held Kevin Durant out of Friday’s 115-113 win over the Orlando Magic because of a right shoulder sprain that has “just been bugging him a little bit.” Nets coach Steve Nash made it clear, though, that Durant’s injury will not be something that will keep him out for multiple games. “Let me put it in this context: We don’t feel concerned that it’ll linger or that he’d miss the next game,” Nash told reporters before the game. “It’s just a pocket in the season [to find him some rest] where it’s not like he sits tonight and plays tomorrow or Sunday. He actually gets a few days rest on top of rest of the shoulder [before the Nets play again on Monday], and so there was multiple factors that I think made it attractive for us to choose this game for him to sit.”
Durant, 33, is second in the NBA in scoring at 28.6 points per game while also contributing 7.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest. “I just think it’s just been bugging him a little bit,” Nash said of Durant’s shoulder. “And finding a time for him to rest is difficult, so coming out of a back-to-back [on Wednesday], the shoulder lingering a little and him having a four-day break here, in a sense, for the shoulder is just an opportunity we thought was positive for us. Unfortunately for tonight, it hurts the team, but in the long run it could help us. Those are the decisions you have to make.”
Alex Schiffer: Nets officially rule Kevin Durant and Tyler Johnson available for today’s game against the Suns.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is planning to return to the lineup vs. Phoenix today, sources tell ESPN. Durant missed three games with a left leg contusion. Tip at 3:30 PM ET on ESPN.
Malika Andrews: Kevin Durant is probable to return tomorrow against the Suns, according to the Nets’ injury report.
Kevin Durant’s latest return is imminent. The oft-injured superstar is considered “very possible” to resurface in the two-game homestand beginning Friday, according to Nets coach Steve Nash. Durant, 32, missed his second straight game with a quad contusion Wednesday in Tampa Bay – temporary home of the Raptors – and has only played in six of the last 35 games. “He is day-to-day, so I think Friday (against the Celtics) or Sunday (against the Suns) are very possible,” Nash said. “I’m not sure when it would be or if it would be either of those games, but he is day-to-day, so if he keeps progressing at this rate, I think Friday or Sunday are very possible.”
Nets coach Steve Nash said Durant will be re-evaluated Monday, but he was hopeful Durant would be able to remain with the team on its current road trip. “He’s sore, but we don’t know how severe,” Nash said. “We’ll see (Monday) how he wakes up and go from there.”
Chris Mannix: Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the game with a left thigh contusion, per Nets
NBA Central: Kevin Durant favoring his left leg. Hope he’s okay 🙏 pic.twitter.com/2a8opjlpIw
Brian Mahoney: Nets upgrade Kevin Durant from probable to available for tonight’s game against New Orleans. Will be his first in almost two months.
Brian Mahoney: Steve Nash said he’s hopeful Durant can play this week but that it’s definitely “not set in stone.” Nets play again Wednesday and then the national TV game with the Lakers on Saturday.
There is a “high probability” that Kevin Durant will return to the court this upcoming week after missing more than seven weeks with a hamstring strain, Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said Saturday.
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash said it’s an outside possibility that Kevin Durant plays Monday against the Knicks but wouldn’t go as far to call it “probable.” Said it’s wait-and-see.
Kristian Winfield: Kevin Durant: “I feel good, progressing pretty well.”
Stadium: “Sources tell me Kevin Durant is closing in on a return to the floor.” Our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania has the latest on Durant, plus an update on James Harden’s hamstring injury.
Kevin Durant will not play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, and Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said he doubts Durant will play this week as he continues to rehab from a hamstring strain that has sidelined him for a month and a half. Nash said Sunday that Durant “looks good” and “is progressing” but “still needs to be monitored and still needs to get a certain amount of markers under his belt” before he returns to game action.
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash said Kevin Durant and Landry Shamet likely won’t play this week. Said Durant recently started playing four-on-four.
Alex Schiffer: Kevin Durant is not with the Nets on this three-game road trip.
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash said both Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant are joining the Nets on their road trip. Said they’re working out together and both can do a lot but not enough to play.
The Nets are being cautious with the ramp-up of All-Star Kevin Durant (left hamstring strain), meaning he’s likely to miss another one-to-two weeks, sources said.
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash says Kevin Durant has been on the court doing individual work. Ramp up work will be decided on the next scan. Nash says Durant isn’t doing five-on-five or fullcourt work. But is doing halfcourt work.
Mark Medina: Steve Nash said Kevin Durant “is getting better all the time” and has a scan planned for next week.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant will still serve as an NBA All-Star Game captain despite a hamstring injury that will keep him from playing. Durant and fellow All-Star Game captain LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will each draft a roster out of the pool of selected All-Stars. The All-Star draft will air on TNT on March 4. It remained unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the game on March 7.
Tim Bontemps: Steve Nash says Kevin Durant is “disappointed” about getting shut down for awhile, but adds “it could always be worse.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pacers star Domantas Sabonis is expected to replace Kevin Durant on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, source tells ESPN.
JD Shaw: Kevin Durant will require an additional recovery period that will result in him remaining out through the NBA All-Star break, the Nets just announced.
Mark Medina: The Nets said that Kevin Durant will be out through the All-Star break. Nets in statement: “While we are confident that Durant will return at full strength, this extra recovery time will allow him to perform at the level at which he has been playing this season once he returns.”
Malika Andrews: Kevin Durant will miss tomorrow’s game against the Magic, the Nets say. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is probable. Jeff Green is questionable. Both players missed last game. Landry Shamet is questionable with a chest contusion.
Kevin Durant missed his fifth straight game Tuesday with a strained left hamstring. And though the Nets have offered no definitive timeline for his return, Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said he expects his star back before the All-Star break.
“Yeah, I do,” said Nash. “But again, we’re just trying to monitor and be cautious. We definitely have kind of slowed things down in that respect — not putting any pressure on him, not trying to rush him back in any capacity and just make sure that we give him the right amount of time to be more than healed, to be strong and conditioned to come back to the team. “So we’re monitoring it. We’re not in a rush. But I don’t think he’ll be out until the All-Star break.”
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When the two-time NBA Finals MVP made it known he wanted to be traded out of Brooklyn, expected business quickly fell by the wayside as teams tried to reposition themselves to at least make an offer. According to a source, the Bulls were a part of those phone calls, despite Durant reportedly having the Heat and Suns among his desired destinations — and despite the reality that the Bulls don’t have the type of high-profile player or quality of draft picks the Nets were looking for in a trade package.
Phoenix has the kinds of players who might make this a win-win for all involved — namely, Suns small forward Mikal Bridges and restricted free agent center DeAndre Ayton. In the days before Irving’s choice to opt-in, sources close to Ayton had raised this possibility of an Ayton-Bridges deal being very much on their radar. At that time, however, it was unclear whether Durant was going to ask out.
Beck: I asked a well-connected NBA source which teams, other than the increasingly desperate Lakers, would be willing to acquire Irving. His answer: “None.” I think I agree. The league has seen Irving wreak a lot of havoc over the last five years, from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn. It’s left an impression. But the Lakers badly need another scorer/playmaker next to LeBron and AD, and Irving is an infinitely better fit than Russell Westbrook.