At the start of free agency, the Brooklyn Nets made two huge moves. They signed two superstars and arguably made themselves a contending team. While the Nets signed two superstars, there is a good chance they’ll only have one in action this season. Now, it has been confirmed by the Nets.
During free agency, the Nets signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Both players agreed to sign with the Nets on the first day of free agency. The two players came together as they left their previous teams on somewhat bad terms.
The addition of Durant and Irving makes the Nets one of the top teams of the Eastern Conference. Durant’s injury prevents the duo from playing together in their first season. So, the duo has to wait another year before they can be on the court together.
Earlier this week, Nets General Manager Sean Marks spoke on Durant’s injury. He said that the Nets expect him to miss the upcoming season.
“I think what we’re going to say is the expectations are that he’ll be out for the year,” Marks said. “We’re not going to plan on him playing. His rehab will obviously be predetermined over the course of the next few months, how he goes with our performance team. But 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.”
Last season, Durant suffered a torn Achilles during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It was Durant’s return from a right calf strain in a second-round series against the Rockets. He missed nine games, including the Western Conference Finals and the beginning of the Finals before making his debut. His Achilles injury in Game 5 prevented him from playing the rest of the series and led to speculation that he would miss this upcoming season. Now, fans have (more) confirmation.
While this decision comes as no surprise, the Nets have officially addressed it. Durant is likely out for the year, and the Nets are playing it safe. Durant and Irving will be a great duo, but for now, their pairing is on hold. Until then, Irving will lead the Nets as they go through the season.
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