Will Kevin Durant actually make his way back to the Golden State Warriors?
With nearly three months until training camps get underway, the Nets have time on their side and are in no rush to complete trades involving Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said during a Sunday appearance on SportsCenter.
“The market is still taking shape,” Wojnarowski said. “I think it’s incumbent on some of the other teams to be creative and start bringing to Brooklyn ideas, going out and seeing if they can get players (and) picks that would put the kind of package it would take to get Kevin Durant.”
The Nets might not be in a rush, but Durant is certainly doing his due diligence to get his way out of town and possibly to his former team.
Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic recently reported that the leaders of the Warriors locker room would “welcome” KD back to Golden State. In fact, he has reported there have been some talks between Durant and his former teammates:
“The Warriors superstars have been in conversations with Durant. In addition to catching up, the Hall of Fame-bound peers did entertain the idea of a reunion. It was mostly about the stunning nature of it even being possible. The idea of them playing together again had to seem impossible when Durant left in free agency in 2019. It isn’t lost on them how life has contrived an opportunity for them to come full circle. They see it, like everyone else, and talked about it, like everyone else.”
Thompson also reports that the Warriors are also well aware of the fact that a trade for Durant is unlikely. The Nets are asking for a major haul in exchange for their superstar, and Golden State might have to send away some key assets from the championship team to make this trade happen.
Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists this season, but he saw action in just 55 games during the regular season as he recovered from an MCL injury.
If the two-time NBA champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist is traded, it would be the highest scoring average by any player who started the next season on a new team since Moses Malone was traded from Houston to Philadelphia back in the 80s, according to ESPN Stats & Information.