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Report: Kevin Durant to miss entire 2019-20 season

2019 NBA Finals - Game Five

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. 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. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant underwent surgery on his ruptured Achilles, an injury with an average recovery time of about nine months.

But it sounds as if Durant’s injury is more severe.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Durant’s free agency has been complicated by a ruptured right Achilles tendon that will keep him out of the entire 2019-20 season.

It’s still early in the process. I’m not as certain Durant will miss the entire season. Especially if his team next season advances deep in the playoffs, there’d be more time for him to recover and return.

But if that’s the prognosis right now, that adds even more heartache to this devastating situation.

Durant sacrificed so much for Golden State. His career will probably never be the same.

At least he’ll still have max offers in free agency this summer. Even if he wants a short deal, he’ll probably have better options than opting in.

If he re-signs with the Warriors, they’d get a disabled-player exception if an NBA-appointed doctor rules Durant is “substantially more likely than not” to remain out through June 15, 2020. It seems unlikely Durant would meet that standard, but the league is typically lenient with granting disabled-player exceptions. The exception – which would be worth the same amount as the non-taxpayer mid-level exception (projected to be about $9 million) – would come in quite handy for a team needing better depth.

If Durant signs elsewhere, his new team would not be eligible for a disabled-player exception, because he suffered the injury prior to joining the team.