Here is the latest news and possible return dates for Nets players…
Jan. 15, 5:20 p.m.
With the Nets looking to replace the production of Kevin Durant, Brooklyn has downgraded Ben Simmons to questionable for Sunday night’s game against KD’s former team the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The team announced Simmons is dealing with back soreness, an injury designation that has held him out for a few games earlier this season.
Simmons was held scoreless on three shots from the field in the Nets’ first game without Durant, a 109-98 loss to the Boston Celtics. However, Simmons contributed in other ways with 13 assists, nine rebounds, two steals, and a block in 26 minutes.
Jan. 9, 11:44 a.m.
Kevin Durant, who left the Nets’ game on Jan. 8 due to a right knee injury, has been diagnosed with an isolated MCL sprain, the team announced.
Durant will be reevaluated in two weeks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, “there’s optimism” Durant will miss less time than he did due to last season’s knee injury, when he was out for roughly six weeks.
Jan. 8, 2023, 9:09 p.m.
“He didn’t finish the game and just right knee, he’ll get evaluated tomorrow and then hopefully I’ll have some more info for you,” Vaughn said.
“Most likely, it will include imaging, just to make sure we’re good — yeah,” Vaughn added.
Durant went to the locker room after a Nets timeout with 36 seconds left in the third quarter and did not return, following a play where Jimmy Butler fell into his knee. He scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes.
“He dapped up everybody coming to the locker room,” Vaughn said. “I just said, ‘I wish we would’ve got the rebound on that play.’ And it’s a heck of a win with the group. And that was about it.”
“I did not inquire about the knee or anything,” Vaughn added. “Don’t want to speculate. I’m going to knock on some wood and see what happens tomorrow.”
Jan. 8, 2023, 7:57 p.m.
The Nets ruled Kevin Durant out for the rest of Sunday’s game at the Miami Heat after exiting with a right knee injury.
Durant left the floor following a full timeout with 36 seconds left in the third quarter and headed to the locker room.
Jimmy Butler fell into Durant’s leg on a layup blocked by Ben Simmons at the period’s 1:05 mark.
In 30 minutes, Durant scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting while adding four rebounds and two assists. Brooklyn led 79-77 before Durant’s injury.
Jan. 3, 2023, 4:45 p.m.
The Nets have announced that Markieff Morris and Royce O’Neale are being listed as probable for Wednesday night’s matchup with the Chicago Bulls.
Both forwards missed Monday night’s win over the San Antonio Spurs with non-Covid illnesses.
Morris has been out since he played 12 minutes in the win over the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 21. Across 19 games this season, the veteran is averaging 11.4 minutes and is producing 4.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, and an assist per game.
O’Neale has been solid for the Nets in his first season in Brooklyn. He’s started all 34 games he’s appeared in and is averaging 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. If he is able to return Wednesday night, he’ll have just missed Monday’s game.
Brooklyn will look to extend their winning streak to an incredible 13 games.
Jan. 2, 2023, 5:55 p.m.
Joe Harris will make his return to the court on Monday night when the Nets host the San Antonio Spurs, the team announced.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn said Harris will be used off the bench in his first action after missing four games due to right knee soreness.
The team also listed Royce O’Neale as questionable with a non-COVID illness.
Brooklyn will be without Markieff Morris due to a non-COVID illness as they look to make it 12 wins in a row.
Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m.
The Nets have announced that Ben Simmons has been listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets due to a non-Covid illness.
Simmons was originally listed as probable this morning, but the team downgraded him two hours later. Head coach Jacque Vaughn announced on Friday that Simmons had missed practice, but the team was hopeful he would be able to play.
During December, he is averaging 8.3 points on 58.9 percent shooting with seven rebounds and 6.4 assists in 26 minutes across eight games.
Meanwhile, guard Edmond Sumner (right thumb contusion) has been listed as probable.
Joe Harris will miss his fourth straight game due to right knee soreness. The guard did not make the road trip with the team, and he will be reevaluated in a few days.
Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m.
Ben Simmons, whose return to solid form has helped power the Nets’ 10-game winning streak, is being listed as probable for Brooklyn’s game Saturday night against the Hornets in Charlotte.
Jacque Vaughn announced that Simmons did not practice Friday due to a non-COVID illness, but the head coach was hopeful that the guard would be able to play.
Simmons is averaging 8.3 points on 58.9 percent shooting with seven rebounds and 6.4 assists in 25.9 minutes in the eight games — all Nets’ wins — played during December.
Guard Edmond Sumner (right thumb contusion) has also been listed as probable.
The Nets will be without Joe Harris for the New Year’s Eve matchup as the guard will miss his fourth game due to right knee soreness. Harris, who did not make the trip to Charlotte, will be reevaluated in a few days.
Dec. 28, 11:45 a.m.
Seth Curry (non-COVID illness) is available to play Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks on the road, the Nets announced.
Curry did not play on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and scored just five points on a tough 2-for-9 shooting night against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 23.
The veteran is averaging 8.5 points per game this season, but is shooting a career-low 39.3 percent from three-point range over 22 games. Curry is a career 43.7 percent shooter from beyond the arc over his 11 years in the NBA.
Dec. 27, 3:45 p.m.
The Nets have upgraded guard Seth Curry to probable for Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta as they look to extend their nine-game winning streak.
Curry missed Brooklyn’s 125-117 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night due to a non-COVID illness, but there is optimism he will be able to return to the lineup vs. the Hawks.
Joe Harris will miss his third-straight game due to soreness in his left knee, the team announced.
Dec. 26, 4:35 p.m.
The Nets downgraded Seth Curry from questionable to out for Monday’s 7 p.m. game at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Curry has a non-COVID illness, Brooklyn announced. Joe Harris remains sidelined with left knee soreness, as the team announced this weekend.
In 22 games off the bench this season, Curry is averaging 8.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 21.7 minutes per contest. Curry is shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 39.3 percent on three-pointers.
Dec. 25, 4:55 p.m.
The Nets will be without forward Joe Harris for a second-consecutive game when they return to action after Christmas to play the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brooklyn listed Harris as out due to the same left knee soreness that kept him out of the Nets’ impressive 118-100 win over Milwaukee, the team’s eighth win on the bounce.
Harris has appeared in 29 of the Nets’ 33 games on the 2022-23 season with 18 starts. He’s averagin 8.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists with an effective field goal percentage of 55.4 in 25.7 minutes per game.
Dec. 23, 5:45 p.m.
The Nets have announced that Joe Harris has officially been ruled out of Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Harris was originally listed as questionable this afternoon, but he has now been downgraded and will miss the contest. The sharpshooter has been picking things up of late, shooting 57 percent from behind the arc over his past nine games.
Yuta Watanabe, on the other hand, will be available off the bench for Brooklyn tonight. He was originally listed as questionable due to right hamstring tightness.
Dec. 19, 8:05 p.m.
Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn told reporters after Sunday’s 124-121 win over the Pistons in Detroit that veteran guard Patty Mills would be back for Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. game against the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center.
“Yes, yes,” Vaughn said, when asked if Mills would return when Brooklyn returns home. “So, update on Patty — man, non-COVID illness which hit him pretty hard. I guess that’s going around a little bit, but the report back (was) that he was feeling a lot better from the previous two days, for sure, yeah.”
Mills, 34 and in his second season with the Nets, is averaging 5.5 points and 1.3 assists over 12 minutes per game. He has started one of 21 appearances this year, shooting 44 percent from the field and 38.1 percent on 3-pointers.
The Nets (19-12) host the Warriors, who enter Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. game at the 17-13 Knicks with a 15-16 record, on a six-game winning streak. Brooklyn has won 10 of its past 11 games.
Dec. 16, 12:25 p.m.
Veteran guard Patty Mills will miss Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to a non-COVID illness, the team announced.
The 34-year-old scored 24 points and played 34 minutes last Saturday against the Indiana Pacers as the Nets were limited with eight players out. He then did not play in Monday’s win over the Washington Wizards.
Additionally, shooter Seth Curry is listed as questionable due to right hamstring tightness. He logged just 22 minutes against the Wizards and struggled from beyond the arc, going 1-for-6 from three and finishing with only three points.
Dec. 10, 12:40 p.m.
The Nets have ruled the following players out for Saturday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers; Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Nic Claxton, Royce O’Neale, Seth Curry, TJ Warren, and Joe Harris.
Claxton also missed Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks due to his right hamstring tightness. O’Neale is being listed as out due to personal reasons.
However, the rest of the bunch is being listed for injury management on the second night of a back-to-back.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn said following Friday night’s win that he’ll be looking to get Durant some rest moving forward as his minutes are ‘adding up.’
“I’m not sure where he sits at. Him and Royce [O’Neal] are probably top five or seven [in the league] in minutes. I’m going to be honest with you. We will always be smart, short-term, long-term. I’ll see how they came from this game, but the minutes are adding up.”
On a positive note, Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) is expected to make his return to the team in Indiana.
Dec. 9, 5:34 p.m.
The Nets ruled Nic Claxton (right hamstring tightness) out for Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.
In 25 games this season, Claxton is averaging 11.8 points on 73 percent shooting. This is just the second game the 23-year-old has missed this season. Coach Jacque Vaughn confirmed that Claxton won’t need an MRI and is not expected to be out long-term.
Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) will not be in the lineup Friday against Atlanta but is set to return this weekend, according to Vaughn.
Dec. 8, 4:40 p.m.
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) is no longer on the injury report and will return to the court Friday against the Atlanta Hawks after a four-game absence.
Over his last 10 games, Simmons has picked it up on both sides of the ball and has averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game.
The Nets will be without Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) on Friday, but head coach Jacque Vaughn said he is set to return this weekend. Watanabe last played against the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 20, and could be back for Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. He is averaging 8.1 points on 57.1 percent shooting from three-point range over 14 games this season.
Dec. 2, 6:15 p.m.
T.J. Warren will make his Nets debut Friday night in Brooklyn against the Toronto Raptors, his
first appearance in an NBA game since Dec. 29, 2020.
“It’s a surreal moment,” Warren said before the game. “It’s been a long process – a very long run – and to be able to get to today, it means a lot. So I’m just super, super excited to beat all the obstacles all the uncertainty and unknowns.”
In his last full season with the Pacers, Warren averaged 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 67 games of the 2019-20 season. A stress fracture in his left foot kept him off the court.
Warren, 29, signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with Brooklyn this offseason.
Nov. 30, 4:56 p.m.
Ben Simmons had already been ruled out for Wednesday night against Washington, and now the former No. 1 overall pick will miss more time.
The Nets announced that Simmons has been diagnosed with a left lateral upper calf strain, saying he will miss the next three games and will be reassessed at that point.
Simmons played just 11 minutes against the Magic on Monday before getting injured.
Though he’s had a rocky start to his Nets tenure, Simmons had been playing better as of late. In his last six games prior to the injury, Simmons averaged 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.
The Nets also announced that Yuta Watanabe had an MRI on his strained right hamstring on Monday. He will continue to receive treatment and be reassessed in a week.
Nov. 29, 5:07 p.m.
Ben Simmons will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards in Brooklyn, the team announced. The former No. 1 overall pick left Monday night’s win over the Orlando Magic due to left knee soreness.
In addition to Simmons, the Nets will also be without TJ Warren (left foot), Yuta Watanabe (hamstring strain) and Alondes Williams (abdominal strain).
The Nets listed guard David Duke Jr. as questionable with a non-covid illness.
Nov. 28, 9:00 p.m.
Ben Simmons was ruled out for the remainder of Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic due to left knee soreness, the Nets announced.
Simmons logged just 11 minutes in the first half before heading to the locker room, as the team ruled him out at halftime. The former No. 1 pick recorded four rebounds and three assists before exiting the game.
After the Nets’ win over the Magic, head coach Jacque Vaughn said that Simmons asked to be pulled out of the game and the team will take it “day-by-day” with his injury.
After a slow start to the season, Simmons has played better as of late, averaging 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists over his last 10 games. He scored a season-high 22 points against the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 20 and then followed that up with a 20-point performance on Nov. 25 against the Indiana Pacers.
Nov. 26, 10:48 a.m.
T.J. Warren hasn’t played in an NBA game since Dec. 29, 2020, but the former Sun and Pacer is nearing his Nets debut.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Warren is targeting Friday’s matchup vs. the Toronto Raptors as his first game with Brooklyn.
Warren, 29, signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Nets this offseason. A stress fracture in his left foot has kept him off the court, but Warren averaged a career-best 19.8 points per game in his last full season in 2019-20.
Nov. 26, 3:10 p.m.
The Nets announced Saturday afternoon that Yuta Watanabe will miss Sunday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Barclays Center with a nagging hamstring injury.
Sunday will be the fifth straight game Watanabe has missed with the ailment. The next game Watanabe can be back is Monday at home against the Orlando Magic.
Nov. 26, 11:00 a.m.
While speaking with reporters prior to Friday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said Yuta Watanabe’s hamstring injury doesn’t appear to be too serious.
He added that the team will take a conservative approach with the small forward, but they aren’t worried the injury will linger.
“No setbacks for him. Not really worried that this is something that’s going to last for too long,” Vaughn said.
The sharpshooter has missed the past four games due to the injury. Watanabe has been one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the league this season, shooting 57.1 percent from behind the arc.
Nov. 23, 6:15 p.m.
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn revealed prior to Wednesday’s game against the Raptors that Yuta Watanabe will miss at least the next two games with a hamstring injury.
Vaughn said that Watanabe had an MRI done while the team was in Philadelphia and it revealed the 28-year-old has a hamstring strain. Watanabe will miss the Raptors game and the Pacers game in Indiana on Friday.
The team will reassess when they get back to New York after Friday’s game.
Nov. 20, 12:14 p.m.
The Nets cleared Kyrie Irving to play on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies after the point guard completed all of the team-issued prerequisites to return.
Irving was suspended from the team on Nov. 3 and has missed eight games over the last two weeks. He spoke to SNY’s Ian Begley in an exclusive interview Saturday, formally apologizing for posting a link to a film containing antisemitic material and shared his message to the Jewish community.
“I just want to apologize deeply for all my actions throughout the time that it’s been since the post was first put up,” Irving told SNY. “I’ve had a lot of time to think. But my focus, initially, if I could do it over, would be to heal and repair a lot of my close relationships with my Jewish relatives, brothers and sisters.”
The Nets issued a statement on Irving’s return, per The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer:
“Kyrie took ownership of his journey and had conversations with several members of the Jewish community. We are pleased that he is going about the process in a meaningful way.”
Additionally, center Nic Claxton missed Sunday’s game due to personal reasons, and is expected to return to the team Monday, per Schiffer.
Nov. 14, 9:25 p.m.
The Nets listed Nic Claxton (left eye contusion) and Seth Curry (left ankle injury management) as probable for Tuesday night’s game at the Sacramento Kings.
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and Yuta Watanabe (lower back contusion) are listed as questionable.
T. J. Warren (left foot) remains out, as does Kyrie Irving, who remains suspended.
Nov. 14, 12:34 a.m.
Nic Claxton left Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers with a left eye contusion.
Claxton started and scored eight points on a 4-for-4 mark from the field in 16 minutes.
After the game, a 116-103 Nets loss, Claxton told reporters that he plans to play in Tuesday’s 10 p.m. game at the Sacramento Kings.
Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m.
The Nets entered Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back after Saturday’s 110-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Against the Lakers, Brooklyn went with a starting five of Edmond Sumner, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, Royce O’Neale and Nic Claxton.
Nov. 9, 6:07 p.m.
Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn spoke to media Wednesday prior to the team’s matchup with the Knicks, and said that Yuta Watanabe (sprained left ankle) underwent an MRI and will hopefully return to the court soon.
“I’m missing Yuta, that’s the first part of that timeline,” Vaughn said. “He had an MRI today and good thing it’s not severe, so hopefully next couple days get him to progress. We missed him in Dallas, we ended up playing Royce [O’Neale] 40 minutes because of that. So Yuta’s really been a utility person for us and able to serve in a lot of roles.”
Watanabe averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes this season over nine games before suffering the injury against the Mavericks on Monday.
Nov. 7, 10:44 p.m.
Nets wing Yuta Watanabe exited Monday’s game at the Dallas Mavericks with an injury.
Watanabe suffered a sprained left ankle, according to Brooklyn, early in the second quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the contest.
Royce O’Neale entered for Watanabe at the second quarter’s 9:15 mark and the Nets holding a 35-34 lead.
The Nets trailed the Mavs 53-50 at halftime.
In five minutes off the bench, Watanabe scored three points on 1-of-3 shooting from long range.
Through nine games, entering Monday’s action, Watanabe averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes.
Nov. 7, 11:55 a.m.
Ben Simmons (knee) will return to game action on Monday when the Nets play the Dallas Mavericks, he told reporters.
Simmons said he “feels great” and thinks he will be limited to about 20 minutes during his return.
Simmons did not travel with the Nets for their games against the Wizards on Friday in Washington, D.C., and the Hornets in Charlotte on Saturday, and has missed four straight games.
Simmons is averaging 6.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 7.3 assists over 31.8 minutes per game over six contests this season.
Nov. 4, 9:50 p.m.
Nets interim head coach Jacque Vaughn said after Friday’s win against the Wizards that Joe Harris (ankle) and Seth Curry (ankle) will be available for Saturday’s game against the Hornets in Charlotte.
Harris played Friday, but as he comes back from ankle surgery the team is being cautious with his minutes. Curry has been dealing with an ankle injury and has missed the last three games.
Oct. 31, 5:50 p.m.
The Nets announced that Ben Simmons is out for Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers due to left knee soreness.
The team hopes that Simmons will return to the court Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Oct. 31, 3:00 p.m.
Prior to Monday’s game against the Pacers, the Nets downgraded both Ben Simmons and Seth Curry.
Simmons was originally not on the injury report, but has seen been designated as questionable for Monday’s game with what the team calls left knee soreness. Simmons did play in all six of Brooklyn’s games this season, including 35 minutes in Saturday’s loss to Indiana.
Curry, who has been dealing with an ankle injury that cost him the first week of the regular season, was downgraded from questionable to out. He’s played in just one game this season, so far.
The team did report that this is a part of their injury management with Curry.
Oct. 29, 6:47 p.m.
With tipoff approaching between the Nets and Pacers at Barclays Center, Brooklyn announced that guard Seth Curry is officially available to play.
Curry, who has been recovering from a left ankle injury, will look to help the Nets break a three-game losing skid, as they’ve started the season just 1-4.
Oct. 29, 11:10 a.m.
The Nets listed Seth Curry (ankle) as questionable for Saturday’s game at home against the Indiana Pacers.
Curry has yet to play in a game this season as he recovers from a left ankle injury.
The 32-year-old did not commit to playing on Saturday, but plans to go through his pregame routine to see how he feels before tip-off, according to The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer.
Oct. 24, 7:37 p.m.
Seth Curry (ankle) traveled with the Nets for this week’s two-game road trip but will not play in Monday’s 8 p.m. matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies or Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. battle versus the Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash explained.
“(Curry) traveled and we’re just monitoring him still,” Nash told reporters Monday, via Brian Lewis the New York Post. “He’s doing well. I’d say he’s out for Wednesday, but we’ll see whether Thursday, Saturday or the subsequent games. It’s coming soon.”
The Nets return to Brooklyn for a four-game homestand that starts with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.
Back-to-back 7:30 p.m. starts with the Indiana Pacers follow Saturday and Monday, before Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. finale versus the Chicago Bulls.
Oct. 21, 7:25 p.m.
Prior to Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, head coach Steve Nash gave an update on Seth Curry (ankle).
“Probably just needs a couple more practices,” Nash said. “He’s progressing, feeling good about it.”
Nash believes that Curry will be able to travel with the team next week when they face the Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks. It’s yet unclear if or when he’ll play on the upcoming trip.
Joe Harris (foot) is activated for Friday’s game, but will come off the bench.
Oct. 20, 5:45 p.m.
Joe Harris (foot) is being listed as probable for Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harris was inactive for Wednesday’s season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans, even though the sharpshooter hoped to make his return for the first game of the season. The 31-year-old played in just 14 games last season before undergoing surgery.
Oct. 12, 9:10 p.m.
Nets coach Steve Nash gave an update on Joe Harris‘ progress Wednesday prior to the team’s preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to ESPN’s Nick Friedell, Nash said that Harris (foot) is feeling better and progressing in the right direction. He also said that he’s optimistic he’ll be ready for the season opener. Harris also said he’s optimistic he can play in the regular season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 19.
Harris underwent ankle surgery in November 2021 and had another procedure done in March 2022, and will look to get back on the court in almost a year