Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who only played in 27 games last year due to foot and ankle injuries, has been fully cleared for training camp, general manager Sam Presti announced on Wednesday.
“He’s been playing without restriction – five-on-five – and competing as normal,” Presi told reporters in a press conference. “With that said, with any of our players, we’re going to be watching and managing players that are coming off injuries. We’re going to be watching and managing practice, recovery time. That’s just standard.”
Presti also said that head coach Billy Donovan, Durant and the team's medical staff would work on determining how many minutes he can play upon his return.
Last season, the 26-year-old underwent three surgeries in six months on his right foot. Durant’s first surgery in October caused him to miss 17 games. Durant’s second and third surgeries came in February and March, respectively, with the latter officially shutting him down for four to six months leading up to the 2015–16 NBA season.
Oklahoma City did not make the playoffs in 2015.
Despite being limited to just 27 games last season, Durant, a six-time All-Star, averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
- Christopher Chavez