Eastern notes: Durant, Heat, LaVine, Collins

Kevin Durant looks on from near center court vs. the Warriors. (Nets.com)

Kevin Durant is expected to return to the Brooklyn Nets lineup before the All-Star break, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.

However, Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash also made sure to mention that they’re going to be cautious with his timeline to return.

Durant has looked absolutely amazing this year after a long layoff from his ruptured right Achilles injury. Hopefully, he gets well soon so that we can continue to see one of the gifted players to ever play the game of basketball.

More East News

  • The Miami Heat were granted a disabled player exception worth $4.7 million following the season-ending loss of Meyers Leonard, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. With the Heat needing depth down low, they could look into DeMarcus Cousins, who was recently waived by the Houston Rockets. Miami has until April 19th to use the exception.
  • Zach LaVine “might be fired up” to participate in this year’s dunk contest now that he’s been named an All-Star, according to Scoop B of Heavy.com. LaVine told Scoop B last year that he would’ve competed in the contest if he had been named an All-Star. LaVine’s previous dunk contest performances probably comes closest to matching Vince Carter‘s electric display in 2000, so if LaVine is as fired up as he says he is, look out..
  • John Collins left Tuesday night’s game with what the Atlanta Hawks called a concussion evaluation. He was ruled out for the rest of the game for ‘precautionary reasons.’

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