Phoenix Suns Expect Kevin Durant To Make Debut Against Charlotte Hornets

Photo: Instagram/Kevin Durant 

Kevin Durant, the 13-time All-Star who was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 9, is expected to make his debut on March 2 against the Charlotte Hornets.

Durant has not played in a game since Jan. 8 when he was with the Brooklyn Nets due to a sprained knee ligament.

The Suns announced his debut on Tuesday, and Durant confirmed that he has not felt pain in his knee for a few weeks and is feeling fine.

Photo: Instagram/Kevin Durant 

The Suns have been on the rise even before Durant's arrival, winning 12 of their last 17 games and entering Tuesday fourth in the Western Conference.

Durant will join a lineup that already includes Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton, making the Suns one of the best teams in the conference.

Durant is still playing at an elite level, averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game this season.

He initially requested a trade last summer, and the Suns were interested before he stayed with Brooklyn.

However, they eventually got him less than 24 hours before the trade deadline, paying a hefty price of Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029, and other draft compensation to the Nets.

Suns fans are excited about Durant's arrival, as he is the biggest superstar to join the team since they traded for Charles Barkley in 1992.

Bridges, Johnson, and Crowder were all instrumental in the team's run to the Finals two years ago, where they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.

That trade eventually became a four-team deal, and Crowder landed with the Bucks. The Suns hope to make it back to the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons.

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