Nets' Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving clear health and safety protocols

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The Nets announced that Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge are all back from health and safety protocols, which is a big boost for Brooklyn.

The obvious can be said about Durant, who has been the heart and soul of the squad throughout this season so far. The 33-year-old is averaging 29.7 points on 52.3 percent shooting from the field in 37 minutes per game. But he hasn't been able to play in the last three games due to his designation on the list.

The most intriguing return, though, is Irving. The Nets have him with the "stay ready" squad to ramp him back up for play that could come on Jan. 5 when the Nets play the Pacers on the road.

Irving is still unvaccinated which means he's not allowed to play in New York per the city's mandate that doesn't look to be changing anytime soon. The Nets, though, agreed to allow him to return on a part-time basis after initially not letting him play at that capacity.

However, due to players going into COVID protocol left and right, the Nets need all the help they can get at this point.