Some encouraging news on the Kevin Durant health front: he won’t be playing in the exhibition game, but his representatives tell USA Today‘s Sam Amick that the 2014 league MVP is going to participate in practice with Team USA this week in Las Vegas.
According to his agent, Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation Sports, and his manager, Charlie Bell, the Oklahoma City Thunder star who played just 27 games last season because of a fracture in his right foot plans to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday with Team USA at minicamp in Las Vegas. Durant will not, however, take part in the showcase game on Thursday at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo has said that players who want to be considered for the Olympic team next summer need to at least come to the minicamp, even if they only show up for the meeting. That’s all LeBron James is doing. Durant played in just 27 games last season after undergoing foot surgery, so it would have made sense for him to take a similar approach, especially with his free agency looming in a year. Durant feeling healthy enough to at least go through practice with Team USA is definitely a good sign for the Thunder this season.