Kevin Durant not allowed to rejoin Nets until Friday
Coach Steve Nash told the media that Kevin Durant will be able to rejoin the Nets on Friday, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN. Durant is sidelined due to contact tracing after being with someone who tested positive for the virus.
The person in question is a team employee who was with Durant on Friday, sources tell Andrews. They were together for drives to and from testing, and to the arena for Friday night’s game, and they didn’t appear to be wearing masks.
Although Durant has continued to test negative, the decision was made that he should quarantine for seven days due to his contact with the employee, Andrews added. All other Nets players and staff have tested negative, including tests conducted after the game, per Andrews.
Nash stated that the person Durant was in contact with isn’t the same one who caused his last quarantine, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post. Nash added that he trusts Durant’s judgment, along with all of his players, in matters involving the virus.
Durant will miss three games this week, starting with Saturday night’s contest in Philadelphia. Brooklyn also plays Tuesday at Detroit before returning home Wednesday against Indiana. If he continues to test negative, Durant’s next game will be his return to Golden State next Saturday.
The Nets are angry over how the NBA handled Durant’s situation, Lewis writes in a full story. The league ruled that Durant had to be scratched from the starting lineup, but then permitted him to play in the first quarter before deciding that he had to leave the game during the third quarter.
“We get tested every single day. He’s been negative, so I don’t understand what the problem is,” James Harden said, via Lewis. “If that was the case, the game should’ve been postponed. If we’re talking about contact tracing, he was around all of us, so I don’t understand why he was wasn’t allowed to play then was able to play and then taken back off.”