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NBA rumors: Warriors’ reunion with Kevin Durant ‘extremely unlikely’

It does not seem doubtless that Kevin Durant can be returning to the Warriors this offseason. 

After Durant formally requested a commerce from the Brooklyn Nets on June 30, many groups have been floated as potential suitors, together with Golden State. Shortly after information broke of Durant’s commerce request, ESPN’s Zach Lowe stated Thursday on “NBA As we speak” that the Warriors “satirically” have the best package deal in a commerce for Durant, which might embrace a handful of younger, thrilling gamers, All-Star Andrew Wiggins and loads of picks. 

Andscape’s Marc J. Spears then reported on Sunday, citing sources, that the Warriors — and lots of different groups — have curiosity in a reunion with Durant.

At the same time as possible because it could be for Golden State to reunite with the two-time NBA Finals MVP, The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II, citing sources, reported Sunday evening {that a} commerce for Durant was “extremely unlikely.”

“With that stated, in accordance with a number of sources within the Warriors group, a reunion is extremely unlikely,” Thompson writes. “Nothing concerning the final three years suggests the Warriors could be keen to pay the value for a KD return. That value is probably going (and reportedly) an All-Star-caliber participant, younger expertise and a heap of draft picks.”

As talked about, the value for Durant reportedly might embrace an All-Star-caliber participant (Wiggins), younger expertise (both James Wiseman, Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga or Jordan Poole) and picks. The place issues get sophisticated, although, is with Wiggins. Thompson mentions in his report that Wiggins can’t be traded to Brooklyn whereas Ben Simmons stays on the roster, as a result of NBA’s rule within the CBA that prohibits a workforce from having two gamers that obtained “Designated Rookie Max” offers on the identical workforce. 

 

Even when a commerce is feasible, would the Warriors — who simply received one other title with out Durant — welcome him again? That does not look like a difficulty in any respect. 

“The opposite main query: If a commerce is feasible, would the leaders of the locker room welcome Durant? In response to a number of sources, they might, for a similar purpose they embraced him in 2016,” Thompson added.

“I imply,” one supply stated, “it’s freaking Kevin Durant.”

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With all that stated, what most likely is an important issue is Durant’s need to return to the Warriors. It was his choice to go away Golden State in 2019 and his choice to go away the Nets this summer time. The Warriors might have all of the curiosity on this planet and provide a aggressive package deal, however on the finish of the day, Durant himself primarily controls the place he needs to go. 

If it finally ends up being the Warriors — once more — we are able to anticipate that the remainder of the league will not be too joyful … once more. 

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