Kevin Durant trades rumors: Warriors stars discuss possibility of reunion, but deal is unlikely, according to report

This summer’s NBA offseason has been all about deals, and we’ve already seen a number of blockbusters over the last few days. However, the biggest deals have not yet come, as the future of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with the Brooklyn Nets hangs in a balance.

As one of the best players in the league, and with four years left on his contract, Durant is expected to achieve one of the largest trade returns in the league’s history. The problem is that it is not easy to make such a deal. Only a few teams have the necessary talent and capital needed to make a deal, and do so without ruining their roster.

Ironically, one of them is the Golden State Warriors. Durant returning to the Bay Area after his dramatic departure a few years ago would be something of a story, and even he and his former teammates have not been able to avoid discussing the possibility. However, such a result is “highly unlikely,” according to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic.

The Warriors superstars have been in talks with Durant. In addition to catching up, the Hall of Fame-bound peers entertained the idea of ​​a reunion. It was mostly about that it was possible at all. The idea that they should play together again had to seem impossible when Durant left in free running in 2019. It has not been lost to them how life has created an opportunity for them to get full circle. They see it, like everyone else, and talked about it, just like everyone else.

This is not a case of Warriors stars pushing the front office to buy Durant. Sources made it clear that they are fine defending their title with Wiggins, Poole and the young players they have used to win with them. But if the universe somehow sets it up so legends reunite, they would be open to it.

With that said, according to several sources in the Warriors organization, a reunion is highly unlikely.

While the Warriors’ draft pick is unlikely to be super valuable over the next few years, especially if they acquire Durant, they could send a lot of them out. Plus, they have all sorts of young players who could help the Nets win both now and in the future: Jordan Poole, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, etc. (Andrew Wiggins could not be included, while the Nets also have Ben Simmons on due to rules preventing two players who received a Designated Rookie Max contract from being on the same team.)

Over the last few years, however, the Warriors’ ownership and front office have been steadfast toward swapping some young talent away. Although the team looks like a challenger, they would not move one of them to get veteran help by the deadline last season. They still won the title, but that decision was yet another reminder of their faith in their prospects.

The Warriors want to win now and in the future, and have talked openly about two timelines. Redeeming all of their young talent for Durant would increase their title odds significantly over the next few seasons, but would put a fairly fixed end date on their window given Durant’s ages and their current core. Some may disagree with that thought process, but the Warriors are firm in their beliefs, and will be supported by last season’s title.

We’ve learned that one can never say never in the NBA, but it’s hard to imagine the Warriors pulling out of their long-term plan after so many investments.

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