Phoenix Suns superstar Kevin Durant could be back in the lineup before the end of March, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Charania made an appearance on FanDuel TV with a promising update on the Suns' coveted trade deadline addition.
“Kevin Durant's doing more and more on the court, I would expect more evaluations later this week, I think there will be potentially an update later this week and early next week when they reevaluate him, and see exactly how much progress he's made,” Charania explained.
“But definitely there's optimism within the Suns, they're gonna be cautious, but they are hopeful he's going to be back in the lineup before the end of March, potentially early April. The goal was always 2-3 weeks, in that range.”
It's certainly great news for Suns fans, with Durant looking to be around 1-2 weeks away from returning to the lineup at this point. Charania stressed that the key within the organization is making sure the 34-year-old is healthy for the postseason.
“They're going to be cautious, they know the best time for him is playoff time so, making sure he's 100 percent not rushing him back, I think that will be a priority as well,” Charania said.
Durant suffered a sprained ankle on Mar. 8 during the team's pregame warmup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's still played just three games for the Suns thus far, but they haven't lost with KD in the lineup.
He's averaging nearly 27 points per game on 69 percent shooting in his small sample size in Arizona, and the team is hoping he can take them over the hump after losing in the 2021 NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kevin Durant already missed 20 games earlier this season with an MCL injury, but it's looking like he'll be back in Phoenix's lineup, barring a setback, by the second week of April at the latest.