It looks like the current NBA season will be a wash for Kevin Durant, who will now miss the remainder of the season due to surgery.
According to ESPN, the NBA star is set to have bone graft surgery on his ailing right foot next week, and isn’t expected to return for four to six months.
The news comes a week after Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced that Durant had been “removed from basketball activities”.
“With the focus of this process being aimed entirely on Kevin’s long-term health and stability, it was the consensus of the specialists team, in addition to a collective decision by Kevin, his representation and the Thunder, that to address the setback of the fracture site, a bone graft procedure would be the most proactive and recommended approach,” Presti said in a statement. “The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period.”
The Jones fracture “has never limited or altered a player’s ability to return to play. The bone graft is the next step in resolving the injury for the rare cases that don’t experience a full recovery with an inserted screw (92 to 95 percent of initial Jones fracture surgeries are successful),” writes ESPN.
“While everyone is disappointed that Kevin falls into that group, we are encouraged that the bone graft procedure has historically demonstrated long-term health and stability,” Presti said.
Durant has been out for most of the season, limited to just 27 games, where he averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.