Just a couple of days after some reports claimed Kevin Durant may be back sometime next season, it looks like the Brooklyn Nets have other plans for their latest reinforcement.
Durant tore his Achilles tendon in the Finals vs the Toronto Raptors, and was expected to miss at least 8 months of action while nursing such a serious injury.
Brian Lewis of the New York Post claimed there was a 'growing sentiment' around the league that Durant could be able to come back at some point of the season, with March being the most logical date if he were to follow that 8 month nursing period.
However, Nets' General Manager Sean Marks recently dismissed all this talk by stating the franchise isn't hoping he'll be ready to play at all next season.
"His rehab is going very well. With Kevin, I think what we're going to say is the expectations are that Kevin (Durant) will be out for the year. We're not gonna plan on him playing. His rehab will obviously be predetermined by the course of the next few months and how he goes (...) ultimately Kevin will have a large say in when he comes back and how he's feeling, but the expectations now are for him to be out for the year", Marks told the media.
Every NBA fan in the world was excited to see Durant back there in no time, but it looks like we'll have to wait a full season before seeing him wearing the number 7 jersey.
Durant completed a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors and will make $164,255,700 over the next 4 seasons to showcase his talents in Brooklyn, joining forces with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in the Eastern Conference.
Notably, he'll be 31 years old when he comes back so there's no need to rush him back to the court, especially considering how tricky Achilles injuries could be.