The Golden State Warriors have quietly emerged as a legitimate suitor for a Kevin Durant trade.
And understandably so.
In Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, the front office has one budding All-Star and one actual All-Star (both) under the age of 30 who could theoretically be used in a sign-and-trade for a massive contract like Durant’s.
This week, team owner Joe Lacob was asked by Tim Kawakami of The Athletic about a “big, big, big name coming back who may or may not be requesting a trade that you’re familiar with.”
His response was telling.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 8, 2022
“I’m not gonna comment specifically on any player,” he replied.
“You know what this answer is going to be, which is we will always look at any opportunities to make ourselves better. The question you have to ask is, better near term, better intermediate term or better long term?
“Some options to building the team, if we were to pivot in some way, some partial way, might give us an even higher upside near term, but might decrease the long term. So these are the things that Bob [Myers] and the group, we all have to look at and determine what’s the right path.”
Lacob’s refusal to specifically address Durant is unsurprising. That said, his criteria for making a decision is telling. It seems like, unlike say the Los Angeles Lakers, the Warriors are unwilling to push all their chips to the center of the table and win now at the expense of later.
The front office clearly believes it can manage a mini-rebuild while still maximizing the skills of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson at the peaks of their careers. Time will tell if that calculation ultimately proves to be correct.
It will be interesting to see how this Durant situation unfolds.
Stephen Curry has made his opinion on the matter crystal clear.
No wonder Zach Wilson is so close with his mom. https://t.co/BoX6ZacIKf
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 10, 2022
How will that eventually factor into something happening or not happening on the Durant front?
Time will tell.