Nets forwards Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge and goaltender Kyrie Irving have been excluded from NBA health and safety protocols, the team announced on Tuesday.

Durant and Irving were placed in the protocols on December 18, while Aldridge entered on December 14.

Coach Steve Nash said Monday Durant had a “good chance” of joining the squad for Thursday’s game against the Sixers.

Irving’s status, however, remains in question.

Less than a day before getting into health and safety protocols, the Nets announced they would bring back the All-Star goalie as a part-time player “for games and practices he’s eligible for. to participate”. He is currently unable to play. home games due to a current vaccination requirement in New York City.

Nash said Irving, in addition to clearing protocols, would need to get back into shape, which he said could take up to two weeks.

Irving hasn’t trained with the team all season.

“It’s hard to say, but I would probably say somewhere between a week and two weeks,” Nash said. “He’s obviously isolated himself, which adds an extra layer to the build-up. It’s not like he’s training, so I would probably imagine it will be closer to two weeks once he gets out of protocols.

“We’ll just have to see how it goes, because we have to assess it from a physical and performance point of view and also from a basketball point of view.”

Durant has appeared in 27 games this season and is averaging 29.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.

Aldridge has appeared in 25 games, averaging 14 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Brooklyn enters Thursday’s contest with Philadelphia 23-9 on the season and first in the Eastern Conference.

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