A bizarre, unanticipated timeframe in which Kevin Durant may rejoin the Golden State Warriors has emerged as the KD-Irving duo appears to be collapsing more quickly than anybody could have predicted. The two-time NBA champion insisted he is not checking in on Irving and the team’s discussions since he has no influence over them. Four years and $195 million remain on Durant’s Brooklyn Nets contract. In addition, Durant is said to be “seriously considering” his options for the future, including a potential return to the Golden State Warriors, given that Irving has a player option for next year and may elect to depart this offseason.
The Warriors core of Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green had come extremely close to achieving what they set out to do after three seasons of outstanding success, including two NBA Finals victories and one missed due to injury. Many people had dreams about those four continuing to rule the league and with time, more and more people start to believe that Durant will ultimately join the Warriors.
Kevin Durant’s first stint with the Warriors
In the previous eight seasons, Kevin Durant was an important factor in the Warriors’ triumphs in two finals. It’s important to note that they had just lost the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after blowing a 3-1 lead . When KD joined Golden State, he was one of the best players in the league and continued to produce at a high level. He averaged 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists over the course of his three seasons with the squad.
Stars often establish themselves during the postseason, and Durant did it with Golden State in a big way. He deservedly earned Finals MVP for each of his finals appearances. He had 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game in the 2017 Finals and he continued on with averages of 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists for the next season’s Finals.
Would KD fit in with the defending champions next season?
The Dubs are one of the few teams in the NBA who can make a fair deal for a player of Kevin Durant’s quality. In addition to younger players that would make a deal at least partially worthwhile for Brooklyn, they have high-paying contracts that equal Durant’s salary. The possibility of a Durant and Draymond reunion, though, remains a significant unanswered question. Everyone witnessed the altercation at Staples Center vs the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2018-19 season, and Green has subsequently been quoted as doubting Durant’s motives. Even though they both now claim they have let the past be the past, it is understandable that their friendship might be a factor in whether a reunion looks likely.
The championship-winning foundation of the Dubs would need to be destroyed to make room for Kevin Durant. To make this kind of move financially sustainable, it would also require sacrificing Draymond Green in addition to Andrew Wiggins. It’s important to note that Durant is still among the league’s top players as he shot 51.8 percent from the field for a scoring average of 29.9 points. The Dubs would unquestionably be the overwhelming favourites to repeat with him on the team, but not at the price it would take to get him. Durant contributed to the Warriors becoming the NBA’s most recent dynasty, whether people want to accept it or not.