Warriors GM downplays possibility of Kevin Durant trade

By: The Trend Wire

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After the Brooklyn Nets star submitted his trade request, it appeared that Kevin Durant may return to the Golden State Warriors

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but those rumours have just been given a good drenching in cold water.

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In an interview , Warriors general manager Bob Myers downplayed the likelihood of a deal for Durant:

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Myers told , "I like our squad and where it's at. "I want to give the players another opportunity to do it," It's a solid crew. We're fortunate. Fun will be had while watching.

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Those don't sound like the comments of a man who intends to completely overhaul his team in order to sign a superstar in exchange for a long list of promising prospects.

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The Warriors' stars were reportedly in touch with Durant and "open" to the idea of a trade if the circumstances were right

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but they were also satisfied to hold onto their young core and pursue another championship.

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The Warriors appear to be one of the teams best-positioned to put together a compelling offer for the former MVP despite winning the NBA title last season.

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You can start with Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, two young players who were crucial to the team's championship run and are eligible for new contracts following the upcoming campaign.

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Poole will be a restricted free agent, whereas Wiggins will be an unrestricted free agency.

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Behind those two, the Warriors also have Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, and James Wiseman, three former top-10 picks from the previous two years.

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Although Wiseman lost all of last season due to a meniscus tear, all three have demonstrated promise as NBA starters.

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With the exception of the 2024 pick, which the Grizzlies now possess as a result of the trade that sent Andre Iguodala to Memphis back in 2019, the Warriors continue to hold all future first-round draught picks.

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The Warriors might not be eager to mortgage their future to assemble a superteam for a while, especially because Stephen Curry is 34, Kevin Durant is 33

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and Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are both 32. Those are a lot of potential pieces with a healthy range of immediate and future value.

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Additionally, adding Durant would cause the organisation to incur even more luxury tax debt, which team owner Joe Lacob is already lamenting.