Kevin Durant returning to the Golden State Warriors sounds crazy, but it’s within the realm of possibility.
Of course, that would cost recent NBA champions.
Marc J. Spears told ESPN Radio to “keep an eye out for” Golden State, which could tempt the Brooklyn Nets with a package from Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman and Jonathan Kuminga.
He called the Warriors a “best option” for a blockbuster after the superstar demanded a trade.
On the one hand, giving back to champions Durant seems unfair. They won the title in each of his first two years at Golden State, failing in the 2019 NBA Finals after losing the four-time scoring champion to a torn ACL.
Reuniting KD with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green could be an unstoppable cheat code for at least a season or two. However, some fans are still not enthusiastic about welcoming KD to the Bay Area.
These fans would rather see Golden State keep their young talents. Poole is particularly the breaking point for some.
Poole took a seismic leap in his third NBA season, scoring 18.5 points per game. He also didn’t shrink under bright lights, averaging 17.0 points on 50.8 percent shooting during the playoffs.
Right now, the Warriors have the best of both worlds. A local core of superstars have just led them to glory for the fourth time, and a new wave of talent is waiting to take the reins.
Trading Poole and others in Brooklyn for Durant would cement Golden State as clear favorites to win the 2022-23 championship. However, this would also jeopardize the future.
For now, this speculated proposition is an intriguing hypothesis for fans to debate. Still, it would be a tough call with major ramifications if the Warriors could bring Durant back to the stretch of Poole and other prized young players.