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Thursday / June 20.
  • Kevin Durant has Achilles’ surgery, starts clock on rehab

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Kevin Durant had Achilles’ surgery on Wednesday in New York and officially started the clock on his rehab.

    Durant is expected to take somewhere between 9-12 months to recover, and he could redshirt the 2019-20 NBA season for whatever team he’s on.

    “My road back starts now!” he 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 my way….

    “It’s going to be a journey but I’m built for this. I’m a hooper.

    “I know my brothers can get this Game 6 and I will be cheering with dub nation while they do it.”

    Game 6 of the NBA Finals is set for Thursday at Oracle Arena.

    Durant didn’t take any shots at the Warriors or their medical staff in his post.

    The list of players to come back from the surgery include Durant’s Golden State Warriors teammate Boogie Cousins, who missed nearly a year, and former Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins, who had two All-Star seasons after the surgery.

    Durant can either opt in to the final year of his contract for $31.5 million with the Warriors or become a free agent this summer.

    The Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Clippers figure to be among his chief suitors.

    For more on that, read my piece over on FloHoops.com.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.