The Golden State Warriors have been expectedly mum since Kevin Durant rocked the league by requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, complying with league rules about tampering. But the reigning champions are rumored to have interest in bringing Durant to The Bay, and Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson reportedly touched base in recent days with their former teammate about a possible reunion.
Golden State’s foundational cornerstones aren’t the only notable ones with ties to the team who would seemingly welcome Durant back with open arms, either.
Mary Babers GreenDraymond’s mother, weighed in on basketball’s biggest story on Monday, calling out Dubs fans and others across the league who are skeptical about their team acquiring the two-time Finals MVP.
This stuff is hilarious…. Everyone saying who don’t want one of the greatest players to ever play the game! I wouldn’t care what a spectator/commentator say period! Basketball players play basketball! GO PLAY! Wherever you want!
— Mary B (@BabersGreen) July 4, 2022
It’s safe to say Ms. Green isn’t concerned about superstars locked into long-term deals forcing their way to preferred destinations, either. What’s less certain is if Golden State actually has the assets necessary to become a serious bidder for Durant.
The most popular framework of Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman (plus some draft compensation) would surely entice the Nets, but isn’t a workable package because Brooklyn would have acquired both Wiggins and Ben Simmons via trade. League rules prohibit teams from rostering two players signed to designated rookie extensions who were acquired on the trade market.
Would Brooklyn even be interested in that deal without Wiggins? Further complicating matters is the Warriors have no other means of matching Durant’s $44.1 million salary to fulfill trade franchise requirements readily available, absent including icons Green or Thompson.
Clearly, there’s still some palpable buzz about Durant returning to the Warriors. Don’t count on it lasting long.