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Kevin Durant’s manager: ‘Not very realistic’ Durant returns to Nets this season

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Kevin Durant looks on during a game at the Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. 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 Credit: 2020 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant and the Nets set a clear expectation: Durant wouldn’t return this season from his torn Achilles.

But that was before the NBA season could extend into August due the coronavirus outbreak.

Durant is looking healthier, and Brooklyn is headed to the playoffs – if they occur with the usual 16 teams. Who knows where Durant will be physically in a few months?

Golic and Wingo:

There’s also talk about Kyrie Irving returning from his shoulder injury if the layoff is long enough. The Nets could be a historically dangerous No. 7 seed.

Which I think partially explains Rich Kleiman’s answer.

Durant doesn’t want to build anticipation for his return. If he does, fans would only be disappointed if he’s not ready. It’s better to keep expectations low then exceed them.

So, maybe Durant is gearing up for a return this season. Maybe he’s not. Either way, I’d expect the same response from Kleiman.

As a result, this will only quiet – not silence – speculation.