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The Nets are expected to give Kevin Durant an update on Tuesday

Sometime around noon, maybe even earlier, if Woj or Shams get inside info, Nets fans will get a sense of when we’ll see Kevin Durant back on the court.

That’s when Jacque Vaughn will talk to the media after the Nets’ practice, and the first question will likely be about Kevin Durant’s status. When KD was diagnosed with a sprained MCL on Jan. 9, the Nets said he would be reevaluated in two weeks. It would have been Monday or Tuesday. With the Nets leaving on Monday, this will be the first time we’ll learn about Durant’s process … and when he might return.

For Jacque Vaughn and maybe Sean Marks, it will also be time to plan things out. Vaughn told reporters in San Francisco that he has not asked for updates and was biding his time on who is available now.

“Yeah, I really said in two weeks, let me know something,” Vaughn said. “So other than that, I haven’t asked for an update and I’m looking forward to the two-week update.”

Durant did not travel with the team west, opting to rehab back in Brooklyn. But according to a report Thursday by TNT’s Jared Greenberg, citing Marks, Durant was still in a knee brace. That suggests there will be no quick return … and there were reports at the time of the injury that missing four weeks was the most likely scenario.

The Nets play again Wednesday in Philadelphia, the first time since last season’s big trade that pits James Harden and Ben Simmons. Then the Nets have a number of big games on the schedule. After they return home to face the Pistons on Thursday, they play in order, the Knicks on Saturday, the Lakers on Monday, and then travel to Boston to face the Celtics the following Wednesday, February 1st. It gets a little easier after that: Brooklyn has a five-game, nine-day homestand. It would also mark four weeks since KD’s diagnosis.

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