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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant underwent surgery on a rupture Achilles tendon Wednesday in New York, Durant announced on social media.
Durant suffered the injury of Game 5 of the Finals and could miss all of next season, though it’s much too early to determine a return date. Generally speaking, an injury such as the one suffered by Durant takes eight months to heal enough to allow a return to basketball activities.
Durant, 31, is due to enter free agency this summer should he decided to opt out of his contract. If he opts in, he will have one year and $31.5 million remaining.
My road back starts now!” Durant wrote on Instagram.“I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way.
“Like I said Monday, I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three-peat. It’s just the way things go in this game and I’m proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I’m proud my brothers got the W.”
Despite the injury, several teams are expected to make a serious run and offer Durant a maximum-level contract in free agency should he indeed choose to opt out. Along with the Warriors, Durant has been linked to the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets.