Brooklyn Nets teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are still without an official timeline for return this season, according to a report from ESPN’s Malika Andrews.
Nets general manager Sean Marks tells Andrews that it “would not be fair” to put a timeline on either player, even with the regular season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sean Marks said it would “not be fair” to put a timeline on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving returning to the court this season, even with the postponement.
Marks said they’re continuing their rehab, but because of social distancing that process has also been slowed.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) April 1, 2020
Durant has been sidelined since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, when he suffered an Achilles injury. According to most reports, his rehab process is going well, but the two-time champion was already expected to miss the remainder of this season.
Irving, on the other hand, has been in and out of the Nets lineup throughout this campaign due to injury. The former Duke Blue Devil underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder last month and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Though his time on the court has been limited, Irving has played well. In his 20 appearances this season, he’s racked up averages of 27.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting from the field (39.4 percent from beyond the arc), 6.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 32.9 minutes per outing.
Last month, the NBA announced that the 2019-20 regular season would be suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. At this point, it’s not clear when play might resume, though some have suggested that games could be played all the way into July or August. Ultimately, though, doctors and health officials will have the final say.