While the Nets and Knicks have bewitched Kevin Durant, neither concession can offer him this golden year – a fifth season for which $ 50 million will be paid beginning Sunday night.
With Durant abandoning the Achilles tendon operation, an NBA manager and an Achilles specialist believe that long-term rewards should be raised as a stronger consideration. Durant will be 32 years old when he debuts for his new / old team – 2020-21.
A leading Achilles expert, dr. Anish Kadakia from Northwestern University, has reviewed studies that show that 85% of NBA players suffer from Achilles tendon tears lasting no more than two seasons after their return.
According to Kadakia 68% return and 32% never play again. In addition, it takes until the second season until the player returns to normal performance, taking into account the "old matched controls".
"After two seasons, very few players are playing," Kadakia told The Post. "Two seasons and that's it? But after two years and if you're still playing, studies show that you are as good as you would be as if you had not torn, you probably just lost time But in three years it will not be the same Durant as it was three weeks ago. "
As The Post reported on Friday, the Knicks will be cautious and hope to see the medical records before signing off. However, this could also cause problems if Durant's physical data has a red flag. The Knicks might try to break a deal, but other free agents might have signed up.
Kadakia said Durant will not be the same athletic player in the first season 2020-21
However, a new surgical technique called "Arthrex PARS speed bridge" results in less scarring, which is considered a breakthrough.
Warrior, whether winning is important to you and make this extra 50? Said a neutral NBA manager to The Post. "At his age, take the five years, if you can. He has a winning program. That's a lot of money. A lot of money. He does not say that I have too much money.
"With Kevin, Klay [Thompson] Steph [Curry] a new arena, a great city, a sacred cow," added the executive. "You can talk about more marketing money in New York, but these are global types. Kevin and Kawhi [Leonard] are global guys. Their names are gold, whether it's a smaller or a larger market. And Silicon Valley is also a big deal.
Overall, Golden State's offer can outpace the Knicks or Nets by $ 57 million. The maximum term of the Warriors is five years, $ 221 million. Other teams can offer a maximum of four years, $ 164 million.
Durant, who retires next season, can always sign with the Warriors for the money and later apply for a deal in New York. In the meantime, the nets in Las Vegas have proved to be a betting favorite.
When Kadakia explained why Durant 2020-21 will not be the same sniper, he said it's jumping and speed. The surgically repaired leg recovers only 95 percent of the strength of the healthy leg.
"When you shoot, jump," he said. "You're on the go because you do not have as much strength on one leg as on the other, you play your entire career based on the size and quick response you get when shooting, some can not do it anymore and can not assert themselves as well as before.
"And the speed is heavily influenced, causing the quick cut, you lose some of that power when you want to jump as hard as you want Elite athlete who loses 5 percent of power makes a big difference. "
According to a close friend of Durant, Jay Williams of ESPN, Durant does not plan to conduct elaborate team meetings as he did in the 2016 Hamptons. Phone calls only.
Durant is still shown in New York with a motorized orange-handled handroller, one source reported that The Post Durant's recovery after the operation was still over mental and physical stress – which would make personal meetings less enjoyable.