Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.
General manager Sam Presti said Friday that Durant still has pain in his right foot, well after he was expected to be ready to return. When asked whether the best thing would be to shut him down for the season, Presti said: "Essentially, that's the direction that we're taking right now, in terms of removing him from all basketball-related activities."
Oklahoma City faces the prospect of trying to make the playoffs without the four-time scoring champion. The Thunder led New Orleans by a game for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs heading into Friday's games.
Durant is averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, but he's played in just 27 games this season. He last played Feb. 19 against Memphis and had surgery three days later to replace a screw that was causing discomfort in the right foot that he broke in the preseason.