‘Watch Them’: Warriors ‘Interested’ In Bombshell KD Return As Embiid Begs Sixers To Go All In

Kevin Durant’s trading drama continues to grow with each passing day after the Nets star request a departure from Brooklyn despite having four years left on his contract.

Of reportedly more than half of the league has inquired about a deal for Durant, his former team, the Golden State Warriors, are now reportedly eager to bring him back to San Francisco to play their 2017 and 2018 championship team again.

The Athletic’s Sam Amick wrote last Monday: “Don’t hold your breath for a Warriors reunion as all signs point to this being a total non-starter.” But the roles have been reversed.

ESPN’s Marc J. Spears claimed the Warriors “have an interest” in a deal and can provide “the best package for both sides.”

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“The only team I’m telling you to keep an eye on is the Golden State Warriors,” Spears said on ESPN radio. “Golden State could have the best package for both sides. Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga, All-Star Andrew Wiggins, former No. 2 pick James Wiseman.

“What the Nets want is a young All-Star and maybe a future All-Star. They’re all under 30. They also want a choice, maybe the ability to switch picks. But if you can get those four players, when I’m the Nets, I’m very, very happy.

“For Kevin Durant, the Warriors – they’re very familiar with” [Durant] and vice versa. He knows where to live in San Francisco. He knows how the offense works. He knows he can win a championship there. Yeah, Steve Kerr should probably figure some things out.

“But with each passing day that this goes on, I’ve heard that the Warriors are interested in a young draw, in terms of people who are happy on both sides. For me, the Golden State option is the best option.”

Even if the Warriors send that huge trove of players and some picks to the Nets, their roster would still include Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney.

It’s that profundity that positions them as one of the best-placed teams to make a trade—even if it meant blowing up their long-term succession plan, one forged after Durant left in 2019.

Durant’s decision to request a trade from Brooklyn was due in part to the Warriors’ win this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski told ESPN’s Get Up: “I think it annoyed Kevin Durant’s frustration.

“I think it’s the story that surrounded him that he faced in the wake of his departure from Golden State and then won a title without him, unlike what has happened in Brooklyn for the past three years. “

Led by Durant, the Nets made it to the playoffs last year and this year, but only managed to get past the first round in 2021 before being crushed by the Celtics this time.

But it remains to be seen whether Durant would be open to a return to Golden State, despite his previous success there.

Meanwhile, Joel Embiid has begged his Philadelphia front office to try and negotiate a deal to bring Durant to the 76ers in what would be one of the league’s deadliest one-two punches.

Jason Dumas wrote: “It’s unclear if Kevin Durant is interested in joining the 76ers, but Joel Embiid has made it clear to management that he wants them to exhaust every option to acquire Durant.”

It would cost the Sixers a hefty price tag – the likes of Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle should probably go the other way.

But it reaffirms how highly regarded Durant is by his rival superstars, and how desperate so many players and teams are to get a deal done.


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