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Nets GM Sean Marks: ‘The expectations are that Kevin (Durant) will be out for the year’

2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp

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’s been a growing buzz around the league Kevin Durant may push hard to be back on an NBA court before the end of this season. He’s coming off a torn Achilles suffered in the NBA Finals, and the average recovery time for that has him back just before the end of the season, so...

The Nets aren’t counting on it. They are not ruling it out, either.

The Nets, who will head to China for a preseason game, had their media day Tuesday and general manager Sean Marks was asked about Durant’s return. From Brian Lewis of the New York Post:

The Nets also understand Durant wants to play, and it’s not impossible, but they are not banking on it.

Marks also said he has not spoken to Durant about the game where he tore his Achilles.

The Nets are an interesting team with Kyrie Irving getting another shot to test his leadership skills with a talented young roster, which includes Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, and others.

They should be a playoff team, but throw in Durant — even 85 percent of Durant — and this team becomes a potential threat to Philadelphia and Milwaukee on top of the East.

Which is why Marks tried to deflect the question of Durant’s return. He doesn’t want it hanging over the head of the team all season long, so say he is out for the season and be done with it. Except, everyone will still be watching, and waiting, because a Durant return is a game changer.