And while the Nets have essentially ruled Durant out for this entire season as he continues to recover, the two-time NBA Finals MVP seems to be ramping up the intensity in his current rehab progress.
During Tuesday’s practice in Brooklyn, reporters got a glimpse of Durant running at near-full speed and then trying to throw a football for good measure. The running part was great to see. The throw … uh … could use some more work.
An Achilles injury typically requires at least six months of recovery time — and in basketball where an Achilles tear can cause a major performance drop-off, it’s often longer.
But at the very least, Durant looks to be on schedule with his rehab and moving well. Nets fans will like to see that.
While the Rockets sent several pieces elsewhere on Tuesday night, they did receive Robert Covington in the deal.
Covington has averaged 12.8 points and six rebounds so far this season with the Timberwolves, his seventh in the league. The 29-year-old got his start in the NBA with the Rockets, too, playing seven games for them in his rookie season.
He is currently in the second year of a four-year, $46.8 million deal.
The Rockets also received Jordan Bell from the Timberwolves. Bell has averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 27 games off the bench for Minnesota.
The Rockets dealt away Clint Capela, Nene and Gerald Green in the deal.
The Hawks picked up both Capela, who has been the center of trade rumors for some time now, and Nene on Tuesday night.
Capela has averaged 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds so far this season for the Rockets, his sixth in the league since Houston selected him with the No. 25 pick in the 2014 draft. He has been sidelined recently, however, while dealing with a heel injury.
Nene has averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 42 games for Houston this season, though the 37-year-old has started in just two of them and is averaging less than 14 minutes per contest.
The Hawks dealt away both a future first round draft pick and Evan Turner in the deal.
The Timberwolves received Turner from the Hawks in the trade. Turner has played in just 19 games this season in Atlanta, averaging 3.3 points and two rebounds. They will also receive a first round pick from the Hawks for the 2020 draft.
Minnesota also picked Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley from Denver. Hernangomez has put up three points per game off the bench so far this year, while Beasley has added 7.8 points.
The Nuggets received Green and Bates-Diop in the deal, however are expected to waive Green, who is out for the season with a broken foot. They also picked up Napier Vonleh and Napier from Minnesota.
Bates-Diop has averaged 6.8 points and three rebounds per game this season in Minnesota. Napier has put up 9.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 36 games with the Timberwolves, his sixth in the league. Vonleh has appeared in 29 games and put up 4.1 points and four rebounds in less than 13 minutes per contest.
Denver also picked up a future first round draft pick from Houston.
The Nuggets dealt away Hernangomez and Beasley in the deal.