Wild Trade Proposal Sends Kevin Durant Back to the Warriors

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Getty Kevin Durant congratulates Steph Curry during a Golden State Warriors game.

The Golden State Warriors have meticulously created a “two-timeline” path that has already produced an NBA title with the opportunity to compete for many years to come with a young core of potential stars.

One insider believes the team could consider blowing up that plan to build an entirely new path.

Dieter Kurtenbach of the Mercury News noted that the situation in Brooklyn is set to implode, with Kyrie Irving potentially leaving and Kevin Durant now considering whether he stays with the team that he picked over the Warriors in 2019. If Durant does choose to leave, a reunion with Golden State wouldn’t be out of the question, Kurtenbach noted.

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Durant Back to the Bay?

As Kurtenbach noted, there would not be many teams able to afford Durant if he lands on the trade block. The Warriors would, but he noted that the franchise would need to move beyond the “serious awkwardness” of his final years in Golden State and focus on the idea of returning to the peak years of the now 8-season dynasty.

While Kurtenbach still believes a Durant trade is unlikely to happen, that wouldn’t stop the Warriors from exploring trade talks.

“I don’t think they’d give up on that plan now that they’re atop the NBA,” he wrote.  “But that’s not to say they won’t discuss it, perhaps even with the Nets.”

Kurtenbach steered clear of offering details, including the massive price the Warriors would likely need to pay for Durant. But he noted that the franchise didn’t pick up the idea of a “two-timeline” plan with young talent alongside older veterans until Durant left. A potential return for Durant could be enough for the Warriors to back off the idea of developing James Wiseman and Jonathan Kuminga into stars while leaning on younger breakout players like Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole.

“The Warriors always want more, and as truly great as Andrew Wiggins was in the postseason, and as tantalizing as James Wiseman and Jonathan Kuminga might be as prospects, getting the Super Villains back together would be great business on and off the court for the Dubs,” he wrote.

Warriors Path Producing Results

Going into this season, there were even some prominent members of the Warriors who doubted whether the “two-timeline” plan could produce results. Draymond Green expressed concern about the plan to develop a group of young players while also competing for a title, but Steve Kerr found opportunities for rookies Kuminga and Moses Moody to make contributions while also getting more playing time in the G League earlier in the season. Poole has already developed into a star, and there are high hopes that Wiseman could follow once he finally returns from the knee injury that wiped out more than a full season.

The Warriors also made more investments in the two-timeline plan this month, holding onto their draft picks to bring in more young talent rather than trading them for more complementary players. Warriors owner Joe Lacob has also committed to spending what it takes to keep the core together, even though the team has a league-high $346 million payroll including a $170 million tax bill.

“We’re always assessing,” Lacob told The Athletic. “We wouldn’t spend that kind of money on the roster if we didn’t think we had a chance to win. When you do think you have a chance to go far and compete for a championship, our belief is we are going to do everything we can, use every last dollar.”

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1 month ago

I actually Live in Golden State and have attended games since well before the We Believe era. It was definitely a Special occasion when KD left OKC to join the selfless Warriors and suit his desire to play in a team first environment. I don’t think that bringing him back would hurt the development of the young nucleus of Warriors, and if it did, I would not make the move. His only motivation is to win rings and so are Steph’s,Draymond and Klay. You can also add Wiggins to this mix. KD,should have never left in the first place, The grass is not always greener on the other side, but selfish, me first players are. You saw what Brooklyn’s Big Three ended up.

1 month ago

Kevin Durant coming back to the warriors would be great let’s be honest here when he was on the team they were almost unbeatable and if the warriors want to continue to be one of the best teams of all time if it’s even possible that he would resign with the warriors I’m on it immediately don’t for a second think that klay steph or draymond or even coach kerr wouldn’t welcome back kd and I promise you they will be the favorites until they retire and remember these great players will retire sooner than later so come on kd get back to the bay and let’s shut down the league and let’s continue to get more chips

1 month ago

Oh, God! NO!!!!! Been there, done that. We are good the way we are. Let Kevin sniff out someplace else.

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