When Kevin Durant requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets last week, the common belief was that at least 28 other NBA teams should be interested in acquiring one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA.
One team that could automatically be ruled out was the Warriors, considering their history with Durant and the fact that they just won the NBA title without him. Well, that doesn’t seem so far-fetched now.
Andscape’s Marc J. Spears reported Sunday, citing sources, that the Warriors in fact have “interest” in Durant, in addition to “half the league.”
Spears went on ESPN Radio to further elaborate:
“The one team I’m telling you guys to keep an eye on is the Golden State Warriors,” Spears said. “Golden State could have the best package for both parties. Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga, All-Star Andrew Wiggins, the former No. 2 pick James Wiseman. What the Nets want is a young All-Star and want perhaps a future All-Star. They’re all under 30. They also want picks, maybe the ability to swap picks. But if you can get those four players, if I’m the Nets, I’m very, very happy.
“For Kevin Durant, the Warriors — they’re very familiar with [Durant] and vice versa. He knows where to live in San Francisco. He knows how the offense works. He knows he can win a championship there. Yeah, Steve Kerr would probably have to figure some things out. But with each passing day that this carries on, I’ve heard the Warriors have interest in terms of a young haul, in terms of people being happy on both sides. To me, the Golden State option is the best option.”
The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski reported Friday that the Nets are asking for an “established All-Star and a mountain of picks.”
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant has the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat among the teams on his preferred list of trade destinations.
The Nets made the playoffs in each of the past two seasons with Durant, but they only had one series victory and got swept in the first round this season by the Boston Celtics.
Durant’s four-year, $194.2 million contract extension he signed in Aug. 2021 goes into effect for the 2022-23 season.
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