The Golden State Warriors appear to be out of the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. During an interview with NBA.com on Wednesday night prior to the ESPYs, Warriors GM Bob Myers suggested the defending champs won’t be making any major moves this summer.
“I like our team and where it’s at,” Myers said. “I want to give the guys a chance to do it again. We kept most of it together, but we have to stay healthy. I didn’t think we’d make it last year, but we did. I watch like you do. We’ll see what happens.
“It’s a good group. We’re lucky. It’ll be fun to see. We were really hunting last year. Now I guess we’re back to being the hunted, which I didn’t think we’d be. We’ll see. I think we can handle it.”
A reunion between Durant and the Warriors has always been unlikely, but speculation swirled following the superstar’s trade request from the Brooklyn Nets. At one point, the Warriors stars even reached out to their former teammate to discuss the situation. But while it would have made for an amazing story, a trade has really never been feasible.
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green aren’t getting dealt, Andrew Wiggins is ineligible to be traded to the Nets while Ben Simmons is still on the roster due to the “Designated Rookie” rule and the Warriors’ desire to win on two timelines means they won’t move their young lottery picks. On paper the Warriors have the ability to put together a trade package for Durant, but in practice they clearly would not be willing to meet the Nets’ asking price.
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