Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been cleared of injury and will be able to participate in his team's training camp once it opens on September 28.
The former NBA MVP is coming off multiple surgeries to repair a fracture in his right foot, but according to Royce Young of ESPN, Durant is now able to participate in the Thunder's training camp once it begins.
Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti said at a news conference Wednesday that Durant has been playing five-on-five at the Thunder practice facility without restriction, and he is fully cleared for practice.
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He also said that Durant 'feels great. Looks great' and is 'happy to have him back on the floor.' But when it comes to his minutes on the court, Presti said that's 'something that Billy and Kevin and our medical team will work on.'
It would be advisable for the Thunder to limit Durant's minutes on the court moving forward where possible. They would rather have him healthy for the playoffs than play him for the whole of the regular season and possibly cause a reoccurrence in the injury.
Keeping him healthy will better their chances for going far in the playoffs once it comes around next year.
But with Durant being a former NBA MVP and a six-time NBA All-Star, it's going to be tough to do this. That first NBA Championship still eludes him, and while at the age of 26 he still has plenty of time to achieve it, winning it sooner rather than later would be the main aim.
Taking a hit this season in minutes would be more advisable for Durant if he is to lift the NBA Championship next summer.