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Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - FROM STAFF AND WIRE RE­PORTS — Greg Lo­gan, News­day

Nets GM Marks sees chance of Du­rant play­ing in 2019-20

For the sec­ond time in a week, Sean Marks left the door open to the no­tion of Kevin Du­rant re­cov­er­ing from his rup­tured right Achilles ten­don at some point dur­ing the 2019-20 sea­son, but the Nets gen­eral man­ager was care­ful to stress that the Brook­lyn Nets won’t put him at risk and the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion will be Du­rant’s.

Marks made his com­ments Tues­day in a WFAN in­ter­view with host Evan Roberts, and he echoed the sen­ti­ments he ex­pressed a week ear­lier in a news con­fer­ence at NBA Sum­mer League in Las Ve­gas when asked if Du­rant might play in the com­ing sea­son.

“From our stand­point, we’re go­ing to let the per­for­mance team and his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion un­fold the way it will,” Marks said. “I’d be do­ing an un­fair judg­ment call if I said he is or he isn’t. I have no idea.

“We’re cer­tainly not go­ing to rush him back. There’s go­ing to be ab­so­lutely none of that. We’ve got far too much in­vested in him, and we owe it to Kevin to get him back to 100 per­cent ... This is go­ing to en­tirely be a Kevin Du­rant de­ci­sion.”

Elab­o­rat­ing on a meet­ing Du­rant had with the Nets’ per­for­mance team on July 8, Marks said, “Since sign­ing with us, he has met with all our per­for­mance team, and I could see from the look on his face that he was cer­tainly pleased with what we had in front of him. He is go­ing to at­tack this re­hab like no other. I have com­plete con­fi­dence in that, lis­ten­ing to what he’s had to say and his com­plete buy-in so far.”

Whether or not Du­rant plays, Marks said the two-time NBA Fi­nals MVP will make an im­pact in the Nets’ locker room and on the court sim­ply with his pres­ence, sug­gest­ing he might act ef­fec­tively as an as­sis­tant coach dur­ing prac­tices and games. “I’m sure our guys are go­ing to be pick­ing his brain be­cause there isn’t a play or a cir­cum­stance that he hasn’t seen,” Marks said. “So, his value is def­i­nitely go­ing to be seen on the court.”

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