The Thunder will start their regular season without their best player. Kevin Durant's been diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his right foot and will miss a significant amount of time.

The statement, by GM Sam Presti:

After practice yesterday, Kevin made us aware of discomfort in his right foot. We proceeded to perform the necessary imagining studies to determine the cause of his discomfort. At this stage, Kevin has been diagnosed with a Jones fracture. Traditional treatment of this injury requires a surgical procedure and recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in 6-8 weeks. We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives, and Thunder medical personnel. Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin's case.

Though Jones fractures normally take six to eight weeks to heal, Durant hasn't had surgery yet, and Presti didn't specify a timeframe. Right now, the most honest estimate is "indefinitely."

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