Kevin Durant is officially out for this season.
Durant did not play during the first part of the season before the suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was speculated that he might return during the season’s resumption, but he closed that talk.
“My season is over,” Durant told The Undefeated. “I don’t plan on playing at all. We decided last summer, when it first happened, that we were going to wait until the next season. I had no plans to play all this season.”
Durant is recovering from an Achilles tendon tear he suffered during the NBA Finals last year. Although he has had almost a year of recovery, he is being patient and not putting pressure on him.
“It’s better for me to wait. I don’t think I’m ready to play that kind of intensity right now in the next month. It gives me more time to prepare for the next season and the rest of my career.”
Some wondered if Durant rushed back from a calf injury to return to the NBA Finals last year, and ended up tearing his Achilles tendon as a result. Whatever the case, Durant is being more cautious this year. His Brooklyn Nets teammate Kyrie Irving will also not play in the resumed season when he recovers from shoulder surgery.