The Brooklyn Nets received a bit of good news on Tuesday as superstar forward Kevin Durant, big man LaMarcus Aldridge, and star guard Kyrie Irving have all cleared the NBA Health and Safety protocols, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
However, Nets head coach Steve Nash expressed on Monday that Irving may need “a week or two” before he can make his comeback to the team and join them on the court.
“With Kyrie, I’m not sure but it’s coming,” Nash said, according to NJ.com. “He’s already been in for eight days or more so he should be. I’m not sure the exact sure of how many days right now but he’s got to be getting close.”
“It’s hard to say but I would say probably somewhere between a week and two weeks,” Nash continued. “He’s isolating, so that kinda puts another layer to the ramp-up. It’s not like he’s been working out. I’d imagine it’s going to be closer to two weeks once he comes out of protocols. We’ll see how it goes though because we have to evaluate him from a physical and performance standpoint, and then a basketball standpoint as well.”
Aldridge has been clocking around 14 points per game and adding 5.7 rebounds this season for the Nets.
Durant hasn’t played since mid-December and is crucial to the Nets success, averaging 29.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.