When Is Kevin Durant Coming Back for the Nets? Latest Updates on Knee Injury

Isaiah De Los Santos
When is Kevin Durant coming back for the Nets? Latest updates on his knee injury.
When is Kevin Durant coming back for the Nets? Latest updates on his knee injury. / (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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The Brooklyn Nets suffered a major blow to their lineup at the start of the new year, as forward Kevin Durant was diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his right knee. The All-Star missed more than six weeks with a similar injury previously, so fans are eager to know when he could return.

Here's the latest on the situation.

Latest Kevin Durant Injury Update (Jan. 17)

Durant is currently on the mend after injuring his right knee against the Miami Heat on Jan. 8. He was unable to return to that game and diagnosed with an MCL sprain soon after.

Durant's potential return timeline is up in the air right now. The team says he'll be re-evaluated in two weeks, which could see him take the floor soon after that. However, that's far from a guarantee. He missed six weeks last season with a similar injury in his left knee, though ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports there's a belief the All-NBA talent won't be out that long this time.

Durant has carried the Nets through their early trials and tribulations this season. He'd missed just one contest prior to this injury, averaging a scorching 29.7 points per game, along with 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

Durant's efforts to this point have helped Brooklyn to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, but they're at major risk of slipping if he's out an extended time. The Nets have already dropped both games (by double digits in each) the 34-year-old has missed since suffering this injury.

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