September 3, 2020, 9:50 amKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their next head coach.
The Hall of Fame point guard has no prior coaching experience at this level, making this announcement a surprise to most. Nash will sign a four-year deal and will be at the helm of one of the most scrutinized franchises next season. Interim head coach Jacque Vaugn was considered for the position and will remain on Nash's staff.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 25, 2020, 2:03 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant (right Achilles) revealed that he's been playing 3-on-3 four times a week for the last three months.
There was some speculation that Durant might be able to return in the bubble but the Nets rightfully announced that KD would not be returning to the 2020-21 season. He's been looking to play more 5-on-5 but the realities of the pandemic and the bubble setup have made it hard to get 10 guys in the gym on a regular basis. Durant does seem to be in a great place after his injury, and the long layoff may limit the amount of restrictions he faces when next season tips off.
Source: Billy Reinhardt on Twitter
August 11, 2020, 9:36 amKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets will start a full head coaching search at the end of season in order to choose who will lead Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and a team that is expected to be a title contender.
Shams is reporting that Nets owner Joe Tsai wants a full-scale head coaching process to take place in order for the team to identify the best partner for all parties involved, including team ownership, front office and the players. Current head coach Jacque Vaughn is the incumbent and will be a significant candidate to retain the job but there will be competition. Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, Sixers assistant Ime Udoka, Clippers assistant Ty Lue and former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy are some names that will be strongly considered.
Source: The Athletic
June 30, 2020, 9:08 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant (right Achilles tear), who already announced that he wouldn't return to game action this season, also will not travel with his teammates to Orlando for the NBA's restart at the Walt Disney World campus.
Durant continues to progress in the rehab of his right Achilles that he tore over a year ago in the NBA Finals. It makes sense for him and any other player who is injured or unable to take the floor to not make the trip to Florida, especially with the drastic spike in COVID-19 cases across the United States. Teams are limited to travel parties of 35 so there's no reason for an inactive player to take up one of those slots. Furthermore, Durant recently indicated that he isn't sure he would participate in the league's restart plan even if he were fully healthy. Look for Durant to try to be ready for next season's training camp as a full participant.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
June 5, 2020, 10:09 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant (right Achilles) confirmed on Friday that he will not take the court for the Nets when they return to play in Orlando in late July and early August when they close out the 2019-20 season.
Given the extended pause to the current season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there were many who believed the Nets could plausibly try to bring back both Durant and Kyrie Irving from their respective injuries in order to make a push for a championship later this summer. Evidently, Durant will remain out of the equation for the Nets as they look to close out the season on a high note. "My season is over," Durant said. The Nets currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and will have to maintain that position in order to avoid the planned play-in bracket to decide the eighth seed after the initial eight final "regular season" games. Durant has never seemed likely to play, even with the pandemic disrupting the season, and it seems as though he won't be playing for the Nets in Orlando. Much crazier things have happened, though.
Source: The Undefeated
June 5, 2020, 1:21 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant (Achilles) will not return to the court this season, per Anthony Puccio.
There were whispers that KD might be able to get back on the floor given the extra few months of the season, and especially after he's started to appear in workout videos, but it has been repeatedly speculated that Durant would not return during the 2019-20 season under any circumstance. There's no sense in having Durant shake off the rust in an intense setting, even if he may be capable of contributing right now. Brooklyn's eyes are rightfully on next season as far as serious contention goes.
Source: Anthony Puccio on Twitter
May 31, 2020, 7:42 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
On a recent ESPN podcast featuring Adrian Wojnarowski and his colleague Zach Lowe, Wojnarowski stated that Kevin Durant (torn Achilles) would not play for the Nets this year.
Wojnarowski went onto say that he had no source that had relayed that information to him. The Nets have largely been deferring to Durant and the medical staff when it comes to his prospects for playing this year. While the organization may get hopeful that KD will lace it up for a playoff run, all signs are still pointing to him waiting until 2020-21.
Source: Anthony Puccio on Twitter
May 24, 2020, 7:33 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York may resume operations immediately.
With Governor Cuomo's green light in place the Knicks and Nets are now just waiting for Adam Silver's seal of approval on getting back into there facilities. The majority of the league now has state approval to access their practice facilities and the NBA is slowly ramping up activities in hopes of resuming games in July.
Source: Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
May 21, 2020, 5:17 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Nets have had internal discussions for Bradley Beal of the Wizards.
If the Nets were to add Beal, they would likely have to give up Caris LeVert and/or Spencer Dinwiddie to have the salaries match. The Nets would add Beal to an already dominant duo in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, which would appear to elevate them in the race to the top in the East. However, from a fantasy perspective, this move would likely lower Beal's ceiling as there would be less usage for him playing alongside two superstars.
Source: NY Daily News
May 3, 2020, 8:16 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
If the 2019-20 season were to resume, General Manager Sean Marks did not rule out Kevin Durant returning from his torn Achilles to take part in the action.
This is a different tone than Kevin Durant's business partner, Rich Kleinman, struck. Marks elaborated that the team is trying to not think about the subject too much, and largely trusts that Durant knows his body best. Durant has sat out 11 months with the injury, and would obviously provide a huge boost to the Nets postseason run. It would be great to get a peek at how close Durant is to delivering top-5 fantasy value that he produced before the torn Achilles. For what it's worth, Kleinman probably has a better impression of Durant's outlook on his return, but a lot will depend upon when the league-wide suspension of play concludes.
April 1, 2020, 3:53 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
The four players from the Nets who tested positive for COVID-19 are symptom free after passing a 14-day protocol but are still self-isolating, according to Greg Logan of Newsday.
Logan went on to say that the entire traveling party for the Nets are healthy at the moment. This is a good sign to see players and staff recovering from the virus without any new cases reported.
Source: Greg Logan on Twitter
March 17, 2020, 5:34 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that Kevin Durant is among the four Nets players who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Durant said that he is feeling fine, and we wish for a full recovery. Nets' ownership paid a private company for testing on their trip back from San Francisco earlier this week and the results showed four Nets players testing positive for the virus today. The virus continues to spread far and wide as the NBA continues to map out what the future holds.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 17, 2020, 4:25 pmKevin DurantTeam, Brooklyn Nets
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that four players from the Nets have tested positive for the coronavirus.
There hasn't been any mention of which players have contracted the virus. As it stands, we are up to seven confirmed cases in the NBA. The Nets have not played the Pistons or Jazz recently, so it is impossible to predict how this will all play out, but we can assume that there will be no NBA games played for the foreseeable future.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowksi on Twitter
March 16, 2020, 11:59 amKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant's business associate, Rich Kleiman, said on Monday that it was "not very realistic" for Durant to play this summer.
Durant confirmed that he wouldn't play in the 2019-20 season last month, but that was on the original league calendar. With the NBA potentially shelved for three entire months, a lot of players who were looking at season-ending situations now have the door open for a stunning return to the court — it just doesn't sound like Durant is among them, even if a June return for the league is a full 12 months after KD's injury.
February 20, 2020, 10:43 amKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Speaking to Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report, Kevin Durant (torn Achilles) confirmed that he will not play this season.
"NO! No. The best thing for me is to continue the rehab, get as strong as I can and focus on next season," said Durant. There has been some speculation that KD would get back on the floor this year after he was spotted getting shots up, but him sitting out the entire season is the most sensible call for everyone involved. Durant shouldn't be on any redraft rosters to begin with, and dynasty and keeper GMs now have confirmation on what's been expected all along. It will be interesting to see how Durant looks upon returning from such a serious injury, and he'll be one of the riskier names at play in next season's drafts considering his likely ADP.
Source: Nets Daily