Trade Rumors of Kevin Durant: Warriors Stars Talk to KD, But Reunion Unlikely, According to Report

This summer’s NBA offseason has been dominated by transactions, and we’ve already seen some blockbusters in the past few days. The biggest deals are yet to come, however, as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s future with the Brooklyn Nets is at stake.

As one of the top players in the league, and with four years left on his contract, Durant is expected to make one of the biggest trading gains in the league’s history. The problem is that making such a transaction is not easy. Only a few teams have the required talent and capital to close a deal without wrecking 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 quite a story, and not even he and his former teammates have been able to avoid the opportunity. However, such an outcome is “highly unlikely,” said 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 harbored the idea of ​​a reunion. The main thing was that it was even possible. The idea of ​​them playing together again had to seem impossible when Durant left as a free agency in 2019. It has not escaped their notice how life has come up with an opportunity for them to come full circle. They see it, like everyone else, and talk about it, just like everyone else.

This is not the case where the Warriors stars are pressing the front office to take over Durant. Sources made it clear that they are defending their title very well with Wiggins, Poole and the young players they have prepared to win with them. But if the universe somehow sets it up for legends to reunite, they’d be open to it.

That said, according to multiple sources in the Warriors organization, a reunion is highly unlikely.

While the Warriors’ design choices probably won’t be super valuable for years to come, especially if they acquire Durant, they could send some. In addition, they have all kinds of young players who can 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 due to rules that prevent two players who have been awarded a Designated Rookie Max contract from being on the same team.)

In recent years, however, the Warriors’ ownership and front office has been adamant about trading young talent. Even with the team looking like a contender, they wouldn’t move any of them for some veteran help on last season’s deadline. They won the title anyway, but that decision was another reminder of their confidence in their prospects.

The Warriors want to win now and in the future and have spoken openly about two timelines. Cashing in on all their young talent for Durant would greatly increase their title chances in the coming seasons, but would put a pretty solid end date on their window given Durant’s ages and their current core. Some might disagree, but the Warriors are rock-solid in their faith and will be backed by last season’s title.

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

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