Whether or not the Warriors actually are all in favour of a reunion with Kevin Durant stays to be seen.
There have been multiple reports claiming that Golden State has discussed a reunion internally and even reached out to the Brooklyn Nets about the potential for a trade.
Heavy.com’s NBA columnist Steve Bulpett spoke to multiple league executives, who’re split on whether the Warriors even have interest in Durant.
“There are differing thoughts from sources on whether Golden State is actually all in favour of re-acquiring Durant,” Bulpett writes.
Said one, ‘I feel they’re frightened about where KD might wind up. [The Warriors] are in a superb spot. They’ve got young guys behind their veterans, and so they could possibly be really good for a very long time, so I’m unsure they really need KD. But I feel they’re frightened he might go someplace and beat them — if that team isn’t all depleted from what they need to do to get him.’
Said one other rating front-office person from one other club when told of that idea, ‘Oh, I feel they’d take KD in a heartbeat. They wish to make certain they win more championships with the veterans they’ve. They wish to squeeze more out of this core.
‘You never know what can occur down the road, so when you may have a probability to win, you may have to do all the pieces you’ll be able to to get it. Take a look at all of the injuries they’d to recover from from the last couple of years to win this time.’
FS1 analyst Ric Bucher spoke to at least one Eastern Conference general manager, who claimed that he can be willing to part with Golden State’s young core consisting of Jordan Poole, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody for the chance to re-acquire Durant.
“I’d hand over all those young guys,” the GM told Bucher. “And who would you moderately have, KD or Wiggins? The time is now. When Steph goes, so do their championship probabilities.”
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On July 3, Andscape’s Marc J. Spears reported that the Warriors’ stars had been in touch with Durant following his trade request, a possible sign that the trio led by Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would welcome a reunion.
Since Durant requested a trade from the Nets on June 30, there have not been many developments that will indicate that any move is imminent.
It would not be a simple move for the Warriors to tug off, but in the event that they were to reunite with the 12-time All-Star, it actually would extend Golden State’s championship window.