Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has a fracture in his right foot that will likely require surgery and could keep the Oklahoma City Thunder star off the floor for up to two months, the team announced Sunday.
According to Thunder general manager Sam Presti, Durant complained of discomfort in the foot after the team’s practice on Saturday and was subsequently examined. The Jones fracture was discovered in Durant’s foot, and the team’s medical personnel is in the process of determining a treatment plan in collaboration with Durant’s representatives.
The Thunder, who fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals last season, start the regular season on Oct. 29 at the Portland Trail Blazers. They are certainly no stranger to these sorts of serious injuries, with point guard Russell Westbrook missing significant time in the past few seasons and forward Serge Ibaka suffering an ill-timed calf injury during the most recent postseason.
But Durant has been extremely durable, playing in 97% of his regular season games in seven seasons (542 of 558 games). His likely replacement would be third-year forward Perry Jones, whose role was expected to increase even before this setback.
SOURCE: USA Today – Sam Amick