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SportsWhat's next for Kevin Durant after Achilles injury? Breaking down his options

18:18  12 june  2019
18:18  12 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Warriors’ Kevin Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles tendon

Warriors’ Kevin Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles tendon Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors and has undergone successful surgery. The post Warriors’ Kevin Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles tendon appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Kevin Durant glances up at the stands after sustaining an injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. TORONTO — The grief that followed Kevin Durant ’ s Achilles ’ tendon injury emanated outward in waves. First there was Durant himself, in shock as he lived his worst

After Achilles Injury . 1. 6/11/2019 6:04 AM PDT. Breaking News. While the rest of the Toronto crowd was CHEERING Kevin Durant ' s horrible Achilles injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals As Durant hobbled past the rapper to get to the locker room, Drake reached out and grabbed KD' s

When Kevin Durant went down with what the Golden State Warriors fear to be an Achilles tear in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, the future — for Durant, the Warriors and the entire NBA — became murky.

What now?

It has long been believed that this was going to be Durant's last year in Golden State, that he'd lead the Warriors to a third consecutive championship and then head elsewhere this summer. Perhaps the injury changes nothing. Perhaps it changes everything.

Warriors reportedly believe Kevin Durant has torn Achilles' tendon

Warriors reportedly believe Kevin Durant has torn Achilles' tendon Warriors reportedly believe Kevin Durant has torn Achilles' tendon

The Warriors believe Durant tore his Achilles . Heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, the The team' s legacy was at stake and in order to keep it alive, Kevin Durant was brought back into the lineup after missing significant time with what

If Durant has suffered an Achilles injury Woods knows what awaits the NBA all-star. The 15-time major winner injured his left Achilles during the And we saw it last night with Kevin .” euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles

It's possible that only Durant and those closest to him know what he's going to do. It's also possible that he has no idea.

Still, he has options, and his decision could alter the NBA for years.

He could opt in

If the Warriors' fears are confirmed, Durant could miss most, if not all, of next season. But Durant has a player option, meaning he can choose whether or not he wants to become an unrestricted free agent on June 30 or stay with the Warriors for one more season. The option is for $31.5 million, so Durant could exercise it, get paid, get healthy, and push his decision to the summer of 2020.

He would, however, be leaving money on the table by opting in, which makes this option less likely than others.

He could hit the market

Durant is arguably the best player in the NBA and one of the most gifted scorers in basketball history. Achilles injuries are devastating and the odds of a player returning to previous form aren't high. Both of these can be true at the same time.

Report: Durant traveling to New York for Achilles evaluation

Report: Durant traveling to New York for Achilles evaluation Kevin Durant is traveling to New York on Tuesday for a doctor's evaluation on his injured right Achilles tendon, league sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. The Golden State Warriors stayed overnight in Toronto following the Game 5 victory over the Raptors in which Durant was injured. The Warriors said he was slated to undergo an MRI on his right leg Tuesday, and the team reportedly believes the results will confirm a torn right Achilles tendon. Durant suffered the non-contact injury early in the second quarter of Game 5 after playing 12 of 14 minutes.

Drake breaks down watching Kevin Durant exit. Durant will have an MRI exam Tuesday to determine the severity. Warriors general manager Bob Myers, fighting back tears, took the blame for Durant ’ s injury because he runs the team’ s basketball operations, but felt there really wasn’t anyone

Since Kevin Durant went down with an Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, there has been a storm of critics examining who deserves blame Honestly, there’ s an argument to be made for every single one of these questions. The truth of the Durant matter is that his Achilles tear goes beyond

If you're the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets or another team with money to spend this summer, do you offer Durant a max contract not knowing if he'll see the court in 2019-20 or, more importantly, if he'll ever be the same player again? The answer should be yes.

Durant is only 30 and he doesn't play above the rim. He's as smooth as they come, and his length and ability to shoot over defenders is what makes him so deadly. Sure, there's a chance that he never returns to perennial MVP candidate status. There's also a chance that he does, and that's a risk worth taking.

He could re-sign with Warriors

The Warriors can offer Durant more money than any other team. What if he decides to come back for the long term and keep the dynasty rolling?

What if this ending — suffering a serious injury and watching your team (probably) lose in the Finals without you — isn't an ending at all, but just another chapter in Durant's Warriors story?

Report: Kevin Durant Expected to Miss Entire 2019-20 Season After Rupturing Achilles

Report: Kevin Durant Expected to Miss Entire 2019-20 Season After Rupturing Achilles Report: Kevin Durant Expected to Miss Entire 2019-20 Season After Rupturing Achilles

Kevin Durant injured his Achilles Monday in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. TORONTO (AP) — Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right Achilles , a massive blow Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down in tears, takes blame for Kevin Durant injury and offers powerful defense of KD

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What if the Warriors' reaction to his injury, from president of basketball operations Bob Myers on down, makes Durant feel more comfortable with the organization than he ever has before?

That's a lot of "what ifs," but for now, hypotheticals are all anyone has.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: What's next for Kevin Durant after Achilles injury? Breaking down his options

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What's next for Kevin Durant after Achilles injury? Breaking down his options

Kevin Durant’s mother: Warriors doctors ‘share responsibility’ for injury.
If the Golden State Warriors are looking for someone to absolve them and their medical staff of any liability for the injury Kevin Durant suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, they are not going to get that from Durant’s mother. Since Durant suffered what is believed to be a torn Achilles on Monday night, a lot of prominent people have blamed the Warriors for allowing him to play when there was an increased risk of hurting himself further. Durant’s mother, Wanda, had a chance to defend Golden State’s medical staff during an appearance on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, but she stopped well short of doing that.

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