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

It doesn’t seem likely that Kevin Durant will return to the Warriors this offseason.

After Durant officially applied for a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on June 30, many teams were put forward as potential contenders, including Golden State. Shortly after news of Durant’s trade request broke, ESPN’s Zach Lowe told NBA Today on Thursday that the Warriors “ironically” have the ideal package for a trade for Durant, which includes a handful of young, exciting players, All-Stars Andrew, could include Wiggins and lots of picks.

Andscape’s Marc J. Spears then reported Sunday, citing sources, that the Warriors — and many other teams — are interested in reuniting with Durant.

As doable as it may be for Golden State to reunite with the two-time NBA Finals MVP, The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II reported Sunday night, citing sources, that a trade for Durant was “highly unlikely.”

“With that in mind, according to multiple sources within the Warriors organization, a reunion is highly unlikely,” Thompson writes. “Nothing about the last three years suggests the Warriors would be willing to pay the price for a KD return. That award is probably (and supposedly) all-star caliber, young talent, and a bunch of draft picks.”

As previously mentioned, Durant’s award could reportedly include an all-star player (Wiggins), young talent (either James Wiseman, Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga or Jordan Poole) and picks. Where things get complicated, however, is with Wiggins. Thompson mentions in his report that Wiggins cannot be traded to Brooklyn while Ben Simmons remains on the roster due to NBA rule in the CBA prohibiting a team from having two players receive “Designated Rookie Max” deals have to have on the same team.

Even if a trade were possible, would the Warriors – who just won another title without Durant – welcome him back? That doesn’t seem to be a problem at all.

“The other big question: if a trade is possible, would the dressing room leaders welcome Durant? According to multiple sources, they would do it for the same reason they hugged him in 2016,” Thompson added.

“I mean,” said a source, “it’s friggin’ Kevin Durant.”

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With all that said, probably the most important factor is Durant’s desire to return to the Warriors. It was his decision to leave Golden State in 2019 and his decision to leave the Nets this summer. The Warriors might have all the interest in the world and offer a competitive package, but at the end of the day, Durant himself essentially controls where he wants to go.

If it ends up being the Warriors again, we can bet the rest of the league won’t be too happy…again.

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