Marks: Nets Planning For Durant To Miss Entire Season

The Nets are entering the 2019/20 campaign planning as if they won’t have Kevin Durant available for the entire season, general manager Sean Marks said today to reporters, including Ian Begley of SNY.tv and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic (Twitter links).

The expectation now is that he’ll be out for the year,” Marks said (video link). “We’re not going to plan on him playing.”

A weekend report suggested that there’s a feeling around the NBA that Durant’s torn Achilles might not keep him out of action for all of the 2019/20 season. While it may be true that such a sentiment exists around the NBA, it’s apparently not a sentiment shared by the Nets, who are thinking long-term when it comes to KD’s health.

Still, Marks didn’t entirely close the door on Durant beating his timeline. Brooklyn’s GM told reporters that the two-time Finals MVP, who is attacking his rehab aggressively and is making good progress, will have a large say in when he returns (Twitter link via Begley). If the Nets make the playoffs and Durant is pushing to get back on the court, the team would have a tough decision to make.

Even if Durant and the Nets both ultimately agree that he won’t return until the 2020/21 season, the club won’t be able to apply for a disabled player exception to gain extra cap flexibility. The Achilles tear occurred before the star forward signed with Brooklyn and the Nets obviously knew about it when they signed him, making them ineligible for a DPE.

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3 thoughts on “Marks: Nets Planning For Durant To Miss Entire Season

  1. x%sure

    Dinwiddie’s comments about a title on the line may have been intended to be motivational for Durant’s rehab process… and anticipating the climate of playoff time later on. Durant’s going to want to be out there so the more he works on rehabbing now, the “safer” he will be.

    Marks is being more realistic.
    Dinwiddie has more of a managerial mind than is typical for players. He may have managed himself out of a starting job at PG given his recruiting but doesn’t care (if D’lo was leaving anyway for whatever reason).

  2. paladin

    The Achilles tear occurred before the star forward signed with Brooklyn and the Nets obviously knew about it when they signed him, making them ineligible for a DPE. Intersting bit about the (DPE) I wasn’t awareof….

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