Brooklyn Nets will be without superstar Kevin Durant for the next four games according to multiple reports from around the league.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Durant had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to spend at least seven days in quarantine. The 32-year-old player can get back on the court on January 12th against the Denver Nuggets but needs to continue to produce negative tests on a daily basis.
Durant already had COVID-19 back in May but is subject to NBA’s health and safety protocols regardless.
The news is a tough blow for the Nets as they are looking to get back to their winning ways after recent struggles. Brooklyn opened the season with two dominant wins but then went on to lose four out of their last five games.
The Nets will welcome the Utah Jazz on Tuesday and red-hot Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday before heading to Memphis on Friday. They are also set to play Oklahoma City Thunder before Durant is eligible to return.
Durant, who missed the entire last season due to an Achilles injury, has been the Nets’ best player in 2020/21. In the six games he played so far, he is averaging 28.2 points while also adding 7.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.