Phoenix Suns fans will reportedly only have to wait one more week before Kevin Durant makes his debut. According to Shams Charania, the two-time champ is expected to suit up for Phoenix on the road on March 1 when they play the Charlotte Hornets.
ESPN previously estimated that Durant would take to the court against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday so it appears there was a delay in his rehabilitation. The forward last played on January 8 when he injured his knee against the Miami Heat.
Durant took to the practice court on February 13, playing 1-on-1 with Suns assistant coach Jarrett Jack. Despite claims that he “looked great”, Durant was kept out of Phoenix’s final two games ahead of the All-Star game. It’s likely that he’ll face a minutes restriction as the Suns work him back from injury.
The forward has only played more than 70 games once in the past five years. If he plays every Suns game from March 1 he would finish the season with 58 games.
Prior to his injury, the two-time NBA Finals MVP was averaging 30 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 blocks. He was shooting a career-high 56% from the floor and 37.6% from deep in 38 games.