Nets general manager Sean Marks left the door slightly open for Kevin Durant to return to court if the NBA season resumed after it closed on March 11 due to a coronavirus pandemic.
“That’s the $ 110 million question,” Marks said Newshub from his home country, New Zealand. “Very seriously, we’ve tried not to talk too much about the timeline.”
The Nets don’t explain much about Durant’s progress since the season was postponed. Marks preaches caution and does not want to encourage players to return if he is not 100 percent ready. But the pandemic has given Durant a recovery time of almost two additional months from operations to repair the broken Achilles tendon he suffered during the NBA Finals last June. Marks has seen an increase in his superstar in waiting.
“I can tell you this – before the pandemic, he looked like Kevin Durant and that was a good thing,” Marks said.
Durant was one of four Nets players who tested positive for COVID-19 and has since recovered.
“I just don’t know how coming out of this pandemic will affect anyone, especially Kevin,” Marks said. “When you have invested enough in a player like Kevin, we will never force him to come back.”
GM’s remarks seemed more hopeful than what Durant manager Rich Kleiman said to Sports Illustrated in April. Kleinman hasn’t discussed it with the former MVP, who signed a $ 164 million four-year contract with the Nets last summer, because he see returns this season as “unrealistic.”
“I promise, Kevin and I haven’t talked about it. And I know that sounds crazy, but my assumption is that it’s not very realistic,” Kleiman said in April. “It’s just not … I know when the right time to have a conversation that; but it’s not yet time and it doesn’t feel necessary. “
When the game stops, the Nets are in 30-34, in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and in the playoff rows.