Broken foot could sideline Durant 10 weeks

Durant won his fourth scoring title in five years last season. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant could be out longer than initially expected with his broken foot. Durant’s personal trainer, Tim S. Grover, tweeted Sunday that it could take Durant up to 10 weeks to return from the fracture in his right foot after he undergoes surgery.

Earlier reports from The Oklahoman said that Durant could return in six-to-eight weeks, but Grover said that it would take that long for Durant’s foot to heal and then an additional two-to-four weeks for him to regain his fitness based on “an aggressive schedule for complete return.”

Thunder general manager Sam Presti intimated the faster timetable for return based on recent NBA cases of the same injury, which is technically a Jones fracture three-quarters of an inch away from the base of the fifth metatarsal, or pinkie toe.

“We proceeded to perform the necessary imaging studies to determine the cause of his discomfort,” Presti said. “At this stage, Kevin has been diagnosed with a Jones fracture. Traditional treatment of this injury requires a surgical procedure and recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in six-to-eight weeks.”