That warrior are among the interested teams nets super star Kevin Durantsay sources Marc J. Spears of ESPN (Twitter link). As Spears notes, more than half of the teams in the league are said to be interested in Durant, so it’s not surprising that Golden State is among them.
Still, there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the idea of the Warriors emerging as legitimate suitors for Durant. Appearing on ESPN Radio (Twitter audio link) Spears proposed a package that would contain Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kumingaand James Wisemanbut the Nets would not be permitted to acquire Wiggins without a trade Ben Simmonsand there was no indication that they intend to move Simmons, especially given that at that point they would have to sell him for pennies on the dollar.
Even without Wiggins Clay Thompson or Draymond Green would be required for salary adjustment purposes, and it’s hard to imagine the Warriors dissolving their longstanding championship core to reunite with Durant, who decided to leave the organization as a free agent three years ago. Earlier this week, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer quoted sources with knowledge of the situation as indicating that Golden State is the only team that is Not “a tangible option” for Durant.
While we await further developments on the Durant front, we also have a few notes to share with him and his Nets teammates – and trade mates. Kyrie Irving:
- League staffers who spoke to The New York Post’s Brian Lewis said that the nets are “tenacious” about getting all-star caliber talent back on every Durant deal and are in no rush to take action. League sources tell Lewis there is nothing in sight at this point.
- Appearance on The Rally on Bally Sports (Twitter video link) on Saturday, Shams suggested The Athletic’s Charania sixes are among the teams to watch out for Irving. It’s very hard to imagine Philadelphia making a serious game for Kyrie – it would require both of them to part ways James Harden or move Tobias Harris to reunite Irving With Harden, whose trade request from Brooklyn is said to be partially motivated by Kyrie’s vaccination decision.
- For what it’s worth, FS1’s Nick Wright (Twitter link) reports that there is “no appetite” for Irving in Philadelphia sixes did not hold any trade talks for him. Lewis says the 76ers are keeping an eye on Irving and spoke briefly with the Nets, but he hears from a source that “nothing happened there.”
- Charania also identified those outsider as a possible suitor for Irving, but The Dallas Morning News’ Brad Townsend is unconvinced, writing that Kyrie is “the acquisition of a desperate team.” Towsend doesn’t think Dallas is that desperate.
- That lakers remain the most likely trading partner for Irving. According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv (Twitter video link), there was some optimism on the part of the Lakers that they are gaining momentum to close a deal with the Nets.
- In his latest Substack article, Marc Stein says he believes Irving is destined to end up with the Lakers. As Stein writes, he heard the “repeated rumble”. Lebron James urges the team to take over Irving and it’s “impossible to ignore the growing expectation across the league” that Kyrie will end up in LA.