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Report: Kevin Durant won’t return from injury to play for Nets this season

Brooklyn Nets F Kevin Durant has been sidelined all season recovering from a torn Achilles. There had been rumbling he may be back with the long layoff.

Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant smiles during a time out during the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Despite rumblings that Kevin Durant could be back to play for the Brooklyn Nets this season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says that the All-Star will absolutely not return. Woj mentioned it on his podcast and here’s the clip:

Durant, who was signed by the Nets last offseason, has not played a game for Brooklyn. As you all may remember, Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the playoffs for the Golden State Warriors in 2018-19. He was never expected to play this season, but obviously with the long layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there was a chance for Durant to be healthy enough to play. In fact, looking at video that has surfaced previously of Durant practicing, he looks more than ready to return.

Regardless if his health is 100% or not, Durant returning would be a questionable move for Brooklyn. The Nets are in playoff position, but unless say Kyrie Irving and Durant both are 100%, there’s not reason for the Nets to chase a championship. We also don’t even know when/if the NBA will go back to the regular season or into the postseason. Brooklyn is currently in 7th place in the East and would have to play the Toronto Raptors — the defending champs — in the first round. Could Durant and Kyrie get past the Raptors? Maybe. Is it worth risking both players’ futures with the franchise? No.