Thunder F Kevin Durant has Jones fracture, could miss 6-8 weeks
In a statement, the Thunder said Durant let them know Saturday night that he was experiencing discomfort in his foot, and after studying it the diagnosis was made.
A Jones fracture is an injury to the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot. Oklahoma City said surgery is traditionally required for the injury, and "recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in six to eight weeks."
From the statement:
"We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives and Thunder medical personnel. Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a specific timeline of Kevin's case."
On Monday, USA Today reported that Durant has not yet decided how he wants to proceed with treatment for the fracture or whether to have surgery or not. He is reportedly weighing his options with the Thunder medical staff and his representatives.
Durant is the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player. He has been named an All-Star in each of the last five seasons and led the NBA in minutes played last season, missing just one game.
The 26-year-old averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 2013-14, shooting 50.3 percent from the field.
The Thunder open the regular season on Oct. 29 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
- Molly Geary