The Golden State Warriors are one of the numerous teams that have an interest in former MVP Kevin Durant. However, while other teams may look to capitalize on a championship window, the Warriors have already proven they can do just that with their current roster.
It seems most thought they were in a rebuilding phase while the Dubs proved that they are just as lethal as those mid-2010 teams. Laced with many rising stars, trading for Durant would mortgage their future.
The Golden State Warriors have an interest in Kevin Durant just like practically every other team, but they should have no reason to pay the price.
There is a reasoning that makes trading for Durant understandable.That said, the Warriors would basically be the heavy title favorites, which they currently aren’t, especially after the moves the Celtics made this offseason.
When Durant was in the Big 3, there wasn’t much parity in the league aside from when Klay Thompson and Durant went down in the 2019 NBA Finals. The four stars dominated the NBA for two seasons, winning back-to-back championships with relative ease.
There doesn’t seem to be mutual interest though, and there’s no telling what Golden State would give up. ESPN’s Marc Spears reported the interest, noting the Warriors’ potential alluring package. Here’s what he followed that up with on Twitter.
The 6-foot-10 Durant averaged 29.9 points per game last season.
The 33-year-old, who will be 34 before the start of next season, is under contract for four more seasons which is something that should help intrigue potential suitors worried about trading too much for the superstar.
Trading for Durant, especially in the position Golden State is in, doesn’t make much sense. The price is far too high. Players like Jonathan Kuminga, James Wiseman, Jordan Poole, and multiple first-round picks would be on the table to get the deal done.
The Warriors could be surefire title favorite for 3-4 years, or they could follow their plan and contend for the next decade. To this management staff and ownership group that has crafted this roster and drafted most of them, it just isn’t worth the risk.
The answer seems obvious, and unless Stephen Curry takes a hold of the situation and requests management to put their best foot forward, which doesn’t seem likely, Durant won’t be re-joining the Dubs in the Bay Area.