Warriors’ Joe Lacob won’t name Kevin Durant, says the team will “look at” every trade

There has been much talk of a possible Kevin Durant-Warriors reunion after the Nets star requested a trade from Brooklyn, no matter how unlikely it may seem.

And now Warriors owner Joe Lacob has stepped in — sort of.

Without naming any names, The Athletic Lacob’s Tim Kawakami asked during Thursday’s episode of “The TK Show” if the Warriors would be willing to trade their stash of young players for a superstar.

“To recap, there’s a theoretical way to trade a lot of what you’ve got and bring back a big, big, big name that may or may not request a trade that you’re familiar with,” Kawakami said Lacob. “I won’t name names, I’m not here to get you in trouble. But is that even a prospect that you could ruin everything because of what you’ve built here? We won a championship and you know what, there’s a superstar out there. Let’s get the guy.”

Ironically, as ESPN’s Zach Lowe pointed out in the wake of Durant’s trade request, the Warriors have the ideal package to take on the two-time NBA Finals MVP, including All-Star Andrew Wiggins, a handful of young, exciting players, and plenty of draft picks.

In his response to Kawakami, Lacob also declined to comment on any specific player or his upcoming trade request in his response, while clarifying that nothing is ever outside the realm of possibility.

It all comes down to what’s in the Warriors’ best interest, he said.

“You know what that answer will be,” Lacob laughed, “which means we’ll always look for ways to improve. The question you need to ask yourself is: better in the short term, better in the medium term, or better in the long term?

“Some options for building the team could give us even higher upside in the short term if we were to sort of, sort of, partially switch, but could decrease in the long term. So these are the things that [general manager] bob [Myers] and the group must all look and determine what the right path is.”

Abandoning the team’s future in exchange for a win-now player like Durant would certainly impact any long-term plans Golden State has in mind for young stars like Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga or James Wiseman, regardless of whether their names or are not involved in the hypothetical transaction.

But whether it’s Durant or other big names out there, these are decisions that Lacob, Myers and the rest of the Warriors’ front office have to ponder each offseason.

“There’s always – if it’s not the player you’re referring to – there will be an X player,” Lacob continued. “It’s the only thing about the NBA… It’s just amazing how these things seem to happen every year. And we will always try to improve our team to try to win a championship. And if we thought there was something better for the team to do, we would. You know, we have to balance the short term, the long term, and all of that. We have to balance the financial commitments in both scenarios. But we will do all that and make whatever decision we think is best.”

Although the Warriors have the ideal package for Durant and Marc J. Spears, they reported Sunday, citing sources, that the team is interested in reuniting, other reports have suggested the opposite.

The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II reported Sunday night, citing multiple sources within the Warriors organization, that a swap for Durant was “highly unlikely”.

After all of that, Lacob had some advice for Golden State fans on “The TK Show.”

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“We have a good thing going. We’re not going to do a silly deal, whether it’s now or in the fall or at any time for anyone if we didn’t feel like something was really good for our team, we wouldn’t do it,” Lakob said. “So I think the fans, you know, I’m going to talk to them right here and just say, and believe me, I get bombarded with all these things every day. Just trust that Bob and our group will see all angles and make good decisions going forward. We’ve done a pretty good job for over 12 years and Bob deserves the credit for giving him the opportunity to do it.”

Dub Nation would certainly agree that four NBA championships in the last eight seasons is actually a pretty good job.

And while rumors continue to circulate about where Durant will end up, Warriors fans can rest assured that the team on the floor next season is the team Lacob, Myers and co. believe will be on best suited to win another ring.

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