One of the best players in NBA history is on the trading block.
From the very minute Kevin Durant requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, just hours before free agency opened, he was tied to a possible reunion with the Warriors, who are coming off their fourth championship of the Steph Curry era.
ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas joined NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole on "Dubs Talk" to discuss the possibility of Durant returning to the Bay.
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"If you can get Kevin Durant right now, it’s just a question if you want to mortgage your future for the present," Bilas said. "And they’re winning anyway. They won without him, but they won two with him."
Golden State is viewed as having one of the more intriguing packages to send to the Nets in a potential trade, beginning with the young core of Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman. Executives around the league reportedly are split on whether or not the Warriors are truly interested in re-acquiring Durant. Team owner Joe Lacob didn't come out and deny the team's interest in an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami.
For Bilas, though, he's thinking towards the future.
"They’ve already gone through this and taken him, and it worked out really well. Is that something they want to do again? At this stage of Steph and Klay’s career, and Draymond’s, I don’t know the answer to that," Bilas said. "But they have a lot of good pieces for the future. The Thompson-Curry-Green thing is going to end someday.
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"I think they’ve positioned themselves to weather that and be good when that happens."
Trading for Durant would undoubtedly make the defending champions the favorites to repeat next season. And a few seasons afterwards.
But Bilas is right -- the Warriors' future is currently in good hands, and that might be worth holding on to.