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Kevin Durant warns Nets fans not to expect him back this season

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EL SEGUNDO, CA - AUGUST 15: Kevin Durant looks on during 2019 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Training Camp at UCLA Health Training Center on August 15, 2019 in El Segundo, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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There has been a buzz around the NBA: Kevin Durant could be back for the end of the season and the playoffs. Durant works hard at his recovery, technology is always improving, and a not unreasonable timeline of nine months would be somewhere in March. So maybe...

Durant says not to expect it.

He did a live interview Tuesday on Hot 97 in New York and said he is working on rehab but not to expect him to return by the end of the season.

“It takes a lot of time. Everyday process, man. It’s tough to dive into it every day. Two, three hours of just rehab just trying to get back strong. But no, nothing, no accelerated process. I’m just working like everybody else who ever tore their Achilles.”

Durant isn’t the only one to try to play down a return, Nets GM Sean Marks did as well. It makes sense not to get fans’ expectations up, better to say he would not be back and make a surprise return than the opposite.

If Durant made it back and was anything close to himself, the Nets go from interesting team to potential threat to the Bucks and Sixers at the top of the conference. But we’re not there yet