Presti: Durant fully cleared for training camp

From NBA.com staff reports


VIDEO: Kevin Durant talks with NBA TV during Summer League play

Oklahoma City Thunder fans saw the team fail to make the playoffs last year in large part because reigning Kia MVP Kevin Durant didn’t play again after Feb. 19 due to a right foot fracture that required surgery and cost him his season. Durant had surgery, started his rehab and by Team USA’s mini-camp in August, was on the court practicing with that collection of superstars.

Today, Thunder GM Sam Presti held his preseason news conference with the local media and delivered some good news for OKC and its fanbase: Kevin Durant has been cleared to participate in all drills in training camp. According to Presti, Durant has been involved in 5-on-5 lately and has not had any limitation in his on-court activity.

“Kevin is cleared and has been playing without restrictions in 5-on-5 drills,” Presti said. “We’ll manage his recovery time and he may not play in all of our preseason games, but he has no limitations.”

Thunder sources had previously indicated they expected Durant would be fully recovered from three surgeries to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot by the time training camp begins Tuesday. Durant declared himself to be 100 percent healthy about a month ago, but Presti’s statement is the first time he’s addressed the issue since June.

“It’s great to have him back on the floor,” Presti added.

Last season Durant missed 55 games because of the surgeries. He averaged 25.4 points in the 27 games he played, his lowest per game average since the 2008-09 season when he averaged 25.3. The previous season, when Durant was named MVP after averaging 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

Presti also said the other Thunder players are fully cleared now, too. Forward Serge Ibaka missed the last several games of last season with knee surgery and rookie guard Cameron Payne missed Summer League games with a broken finger.

ESPN.com’s Royce Young and The Oklahoman‘s Anthony Slater were on hand for the news conference and have more details …

 

Thunder training camp begins Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

NBA.com’s Randy Renner also contributed to this report

 

 

 

8 Comments

  1. harriethehawk says:

    Kevin Durant has a bone to pick and a point to prove. That he is the best player n the NBA. Watch.

  2. michael says:

    KD is back!!! I can’t wait to get this upcoming season started!!! It’s going to be interesting to see the new dynamic between KD and Westbrook seeing how the latter became an mvp candidate while durant was out. It should be a very interesting year in OKC to say the least

  3. It’s great to see KD is healthy. Hopefully, he’ll be back at full health, and won’t suffer a slew of injuries like Rose, and will return to his full form, because he’s one of beet scorers in NBA history, and he’s not even 28 yet.

  4. oyay says:

    YAYYYYYY Bae is back!!!!!! GO THUNDERS!!!!!!!

  5. Paapa says:

    Amazing news! Been praying for him and D Rose (for full recovery) all summer long.
    You may not believe, but KD and D Rose rank higher (more loved by fans) than LBJ and Kobe in Ghana (though we are admit the latter 2 are better on the floor.
    Let’s go for the ring, OKC!!!

  6. Staygolen_IE says:

    GoSPursGO!

  7. Drew says:

    Both of these grafs are repeated in the article.

    Thunder sources had previously indicated they expected Durant would be fully recovered from three surgeries to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot by the time training camp begins Tuesday. Durant declared himself to be 100 percent about a month ago, but Presti’s statement is the first time he’s addressed the issue since June.

    “It’s great to have him back on the floor,” Presti added.

    Thunder sources had previously indicated they expected Durant would be fully recovered from three surgeries to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot by the time training camp begins Tuesday. Durant declared himself to be 100 percent healthy about a month ago, but Presti’s statement is the first time he’s addressed the issue since June.

    “It’s great to have him back on the floor,” Presti added.

  8. Ms. Penny says:

    Great, I’ve been missing his play on the court. I cannot wait for the season to start. The Thunder is my #2 team, and it’s great to know Durant is healthy now.