The Golden State Warriors appear to be left out of Kevin Durant’s draw. During an interview with NBA.com on Wednesday night before the ESPYs, Warriors general manager Bob Myers suggested the defending champions won’t make any major moves this summer.
“I love our team and where they are at,” Myers said. “I want to give the guys a chance to do it again. We kept most of it together, but we have to stay healthy. I didn’t think we would get there last year, but we did. I’m watching as you do. We’ll see what happens.
“They’re a good group. We’re lucky. It’ll be fun to see. We were really on the hunt last year. I’ll see. I think we can handle it.
A reunion between Durant and the Warriors has always been unlikely, but speculation has swirled following the Brooklyn Nets superstar’s trade request. At one point,to discuss the situation. But while that would have made for an incredible story, a trade was really never feasible.
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Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are not dealt with, Andrew Wiggins is ineligible to be traded to the Nets while Ben Simmons is still on the roster due to the ‘Designated Rookie’ rule and the Warriors’ desire to win on two timelines means they won’t move their young lottery picks. On paper, the Warriors have the ability to put together a trade package for Durant, but in practice, they would clearly be unwilling to meet the Nets’ asking price.
As the Warriors focus on a repeat, the wait will continue for Durant. Three weeks after requesting a trade, he remains a member of the Brooklyn Nets, and barring a drastic change in the trade market, that won’t change any time soon. The Nets don’t appear to be interested in any of the offers currently on the table, and Brian Windhorst reported earlier this week that the team isif they don’t get better deals.
With Durant contracted through 2026, the team has no rush to move him for less than they’re asking. Although heading into next season with Durant and Kyrie Irving still on the roster would create an uncomfortable situation, it would give the team a better chance of winning than throwing out either of those two players for less than they worth.