With the NBA season suspended possibly until summer, rumors recently surfaced that Brooklyn Nets’ superstar Kevin Duran could still find a way to play for his new team in 2019/20. Durant is currently rehabbing from ruptured Achilles tendon and was originally set to miss the entire season.
And while the possibility of Durant’s return certainly sounds exciting, it also doesn’t appear as a likely option. According to Rich Kleiman, Durant’s business partner, the chances of him making a comeback this season are “not very realistic.”
“Honestly, not very realistic from my standpoint, and not even spoken about,” Kleiman commented on these speculations during his appearance on ESPN’s Golic & Wingo.
“It feels like (Durant playing in the 2019-20 season) clearly was not something that was in the cards prior to all this,” he added. “And now, I think just like the rest of the world, it’s hard to take anything more than day by day.”
Kevin Durant’s return this season is also unlikely due to all the major events that shook up the Nets’ organization this season. Brooklyn’s second superstar Kyrie Irving is ruled out for the season after a shoulder injury, while the team also decided to fire their head coach Kenny Atkinson. This is why his comeback in 2020/21 is still the most likely option.
Duran spent the previous three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, helping the team win two NBA titles. He signed a max contract with the Nets in the summer, teaming up with Irving and DeAndre Jordan.