Kevin Durant shares rumours: Warriors team to ‘keep an eye on’, NBA insider says

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Kevin Durant’s request to be traded by the Brooklyn Nets sent the NBA offseason into a spin cycle.

While the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are reportedly the two main teams Durant would be most interested in, the Nets have no commitment to sending him where he wants. Brooklyn reportedly wants to squeeze the most fortune from any potential trade given Durant’s ability on the basketball court and he has three years left on his current deal.

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Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets warms up before the NBA playoffs between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 25, 2022 in New York City, USA.

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets warms up before the NBA playoffs between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 25, 2022 in New York City, USA.
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One such team that has “interest” in Durant is the Golden State Warriors, according to Andscape.

Marc J. Spears, reporting on the Warriors’ interest, explained on ESPN radio that Golden State is running for Durant.

“The only team I should tell you guys is the Golden State Warriors. Golden State could have the best package for both parties. Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga, All-Star Andrew Wiggins, former No. 2 James Wiseman,” Spears said. “What the Nets want is a young All-Star and maybe a future All-Star. They’re all under 30. They also want picks, maybe the ability to swap picks.But if you can get those four players when I’m the Nets, I’m very, very happy.

“For Kevin Durant, the Warriors are — they’re very familiar with [Durant] and vice versa. He knows where to live in San Francisco. He knows how the offensive works. He knows he can win a championship there. Yes, Steve Kerr would probably need to figure out a few things. But with each passing day this goes on, I’ve heard that the warriors are interested in young prey, in people happy on both sides. For me, the Golden State option is the best option.”

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton, Patty Mills and Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart, Grant Williams in action during the NBA Playoffs between Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City, USA on April 25, 2022.

Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton, Patty Mills and Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart, Grant Williams in action during the NBA Playoffs between Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City, USA on April 25, 2022.
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Durant and the Warriors won two championships together. He would shoot in the nets after the 2019 NBA Finals, where he tore his Achilles tendon. Brooklyn gave him ample time to recover.

What might it take to get Durant off the nets? The Athletic reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves made “several calls” to the Nets to see what they would want for Durant.

Brooklyn was reportedly looking for “established all-stars and a mountain of picks.” The Timberwolves didn’t want to part ways with Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns. The team later acquired Rudy Gobert in a massive deal.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the first quarter of an NBA game at the Chase Center, Saturday, February 13, 2021, in San Francisco, California.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the first quarter of an NBA game at the Chase Center, Saturday, February 13, 2021, in San Francisco, California.
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Durant sent out a cryptic tweet about the trade rumors on Saturday.

“Those who have been locked in this gym with me know what it is, they know what I’m about,” he wrote. “If you weren’t in there with me, ask around.”

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He later deleted it.

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