Kevin Durant Feb 16, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia, Forward Kevin Durant and General Manager James Jones pose for a photo at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

A lot has happened since Kevin Durant last played in an NBA game. The biggest piece of news is that he was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Phoenix Suns. And while there’s no official word on when he might make his debut for the Suns, a pretty good hint came on Thursday night.

Phoenix’s first game after the All-Star break will be at home on Friday, February 24 against one of Durant’s former teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kellan Olson of detailed a schedule change that was made to that game. The changes would seem to indicate that something big is expected out of that game.

“League announces the Suns’ first game back from the All-Star break against the Thunder will now start at 8p local time and has been moved to ESPN,” Olson tweeted on Thursday. He added “Hmmmm. Curious. Very curious.”

NBA Twitter seemed to believe that the change points to Durant being on the floor.

Durant has been out of action since January 8, when he sprained his MCL in a game against the Miami Heat. Before his injury, he was having another brilliant season, averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He was also shooting 55.9% from the field, 37.6% on threes and 93.4% from the line. The field goal and free-throw percentages would both be career bests.

[Kellan Olson on Twitter]

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