Kevin Durant’s draw is heating up after the Nets star reportedly requested a trade to Brooklyn last week. Interestingly enough, one of the franchises best positioned to strike a deal with the superstar forward is one of his former teams: the Warriors.
Given the end of Durant’s first term with Golden State, a reunion seemed highly unlikely, but all bets are off after last week’s trade request. Of course, if a deal were to be made, Warriors star and leader Stephen Curry would have to be on board.
This week at the American Century Championship golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Curry was asked about the growing speculation surrounding Durant. He shrugged off what he called the league’s “rumor mill”, saying he was comfortable with the Warriors’ situation after winning their fourth title last month.
However, Curry also hasn’t ruled out Durant returning to the Bay Area.
“The rumor mill and all that is part of the nature of the NBA and the league,” Curry told NBC Sports Bay Area this week. “You take it for what it is.
“You know how quickly things can change, but I like where we are.”
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The Warriors have seen some exodus from their championship roster this offseason in free agency so far. Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., Damion Lee and Juan Toscano-Anderson have all reportedly signed deals elsewhere after providing various contributions to Golden State during the 2021-22 season.
Despite the roster turnover, the Warriors were able to retain starting center Kevon Looney and agree to terms with free agent sniper Donte DiVincenzo. Golden State still has a number of open spots on the roster, which could be used to bring in veterans or pave the way for younger, developing players next year.
“There’s a lot of optimism, a lot of energy, about where we’re going,” Curry said.
While the Warriors may be feeling confident after their fourth title in eight years, there’s no denying Durant is an attractive trade target. The 33-year-old has already won two championships and two NBA Finals MVPs in the Bay Area, so bringing him back into the fold would surely put Golden State back on top of the mountain next season.
For now though, Curry and the Warriors seem content to just stand by and see how the situation in Brooklyn unfolds.
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