It doesn’t look like Kevin Durant will be returning to the Golden State Warriors any time soon.
In 2016, Kevin Durant made the Golden State Warriors one of the most dominant teams in NBA history.
The Warriors were already a great club as they went 73-9 in the 2015-16 season (however, they had a hiccup and lost in the Finals, but that’s a story for another time). And with the addition of Durant, a former MVP and scoring champion, the Warriors seemed like they were going to be undefeatable.
Unfortunately, they were, as their 2016-17 and 2017-18 regular seasons weren’t as impressive. But they did win the championship in both seasons (which is a greater achievement).
The Warriors were good. And if injuries to key players didn’t happen in the 2019 Finals, they probably would have won another title and Durant would have probably stayed in Golden State.
But they didn’t win. They lost to the Toronto Raptors and this (possibly) acted as a catalyst to KD’s departure to the Brooklyn Nets, where he has been playing in the past three seasons.
He linked up with Kyrie Irving with hopes of winning a title with his so-called “best friend.”
He thought the two of them (and with James Harden for a short while) would be able to create a dynasty that would run the league for years to come.
Well, it didn’t turn out that way.
A lot of things happened, like Kyrie refusing to get vaccinated and having to miss games, Harden’s sudden departure from the team because they weren’t winning, Ben Simmons refusing to play, and KD getting burnt out because he had to carry the team in the absence of the other stars.
All of this resulted in the Nets getting swept in the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs and Durant requesting a trade from the team.
This leads us to the core of this story -Warriors GM Bob Myers shutting down the idea of Durant coming back to the team because he feels they have a good group of guys right now.
Via Sports Illustrated:
“I like our team and where it’s at,” Myers said. “I want to give the guys a chance to do it again.”
Durant can, without a doubt, make a team better.
But the thing with this situation is that the Warriors would have to give up so many role players, players that helped them win the 2022 championship title, for one aging -albeit great- superstar.
So, I personally think that Myers is doing the right thing.
But what do you think? If you were the defending champs, would you trade good young players and draft picks for a 33-year-old Kevin Durant?
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