Although Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks isn’t prepared to shut the door on the potential of Kevin Durant returning to the court docket if the 2019/20 season resumes this summer season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski sounds ready to slam that door shut.
In the newest episode of his Woj Pod, chatting with visitors Rachel Nichols and Bobby Marks, Wojnarowski urged that we nonetheless shouldn’t count on to see Durant make his comeback till the 2020/21 season will get underway.
“Kevin Durant’s not coming back to the Nets this year,” Woj mentioned. “That’s not happening… They’re not playing him.”
While Wojnarowski didn’t go into element on the Durant scenario, his remark got here throughout a dialogue about groups being cautious of dashing gamers again this summer season, following a quick ramp-up interval. The implication in Durant’s case is that the potential reward for the seventh-seeded Nets wouldn’t be definitely worth the danger of probably compromising the star ahead’s well being for subsequent season.
Here are a number of extra takeaways from the newest Woj Pod episode:
- Asked by Nichols if the NBA would possibly play a shortened season in 2020/21 – significantly if it begins round Christmas – Wojnarowski burdened that’s most unlikely. As he explains, the league will probably be doing all it will probably to recoup misplaced income subsequent season, which can imply enjoying as many video games as attainable (ideally 82) in ’20/21. In different phrases, if the common season begins in December, it can seemingly run into June, with the Finals probably ending subsequent August.
- During the podcast – and in a subsequent article for ESPN.com – Wojnarowski noticed that the coronavirus pandemic has the potential to create main imbalances all through the league. For occasion, if sure states allow followers in arenas in the beginning of subsequent season and others don’t, that might create a serious earnings disparity between most of the league’s franchises, which may result in aggressive imbalance.
- Additionally, as Woj particulars, a variety of smaller-market groups depend on the NBA’s revenue-sharing mannequin and profit from enormous gate receipts from markets like Los Angeles, New York, and Golden State. If franchises in these massive markets nonetheless can’t permit followers in arenas when the 2020/21 season begins – or have to take action on a restricted foundation – it could have a ripple impact all through the remainder of the league.
- Discussing the potential resumption of the 2019/20 season, Wojnarowski famous that the NBA must promote a lot of its lottery groups on prioritizing the “greater good” of the league — even when a few of these groups would profit (financially and in any other case) from merely canceling this season and specializing in 2020/21. Warriors head of basketball operations Bob Myers addressed this topic final week, vowing that his workforce could be “good partners” if and when the season resumes.