Durant has been sidelined since February 13 due to a hamstring strain, which forced him to sit out the NBA All-Star Game this month.
The star-studded Nets are second in the Eastern Conference and as they eye a run to the NBA Finals, first-year head coach Nash is not prepared to rush Durant back from injury.
“We just felt like it didn’t benefit him to travel across the country while he is trying to get that critical last part of his rehab done,” Nash said as Durant sat out Tuesday’s 116-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers – the first of a three-game road trip.
The Nets will face the NBA-leading Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons before returning home to Brooklyn to host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
“Just trying to make sure that functional strength is there and that he’s – we’re confident that he can re-enter playing safely. That is the thing, right? Kevin is doing very well,” Nash said.
“If this was the playoffs, there’s a chance he’d be back, you know, very soon. But there’s no point in taking a big risk with him when the most important thing is to get him back for the remainder of the season.”
Nash added: “He is working out on the court pretty much every day, he looks great.”
Durant is averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the Nets this season.