Kevin Durant-Warriors reunion unlikely as Nets remain patient

Kevin Durant-Warriors reunion unlikely as Nets remain patient

LAS VEGAS — Having all the NBA assembled in proximity hasn’t appeared to kick-start the Nets’ commerce talks for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The chatter round a Durant return to Golden State is dying down, with a Warriors reunion seeming extra wistful than actuality.

Whereas first ESPN after which The Athletic posited mutual curiosity in Golden State buying and selling for Durant, now each ESPN and The Ringer have walked that again considerably, tamping down any expectations.

And Steph Curry, who received Finals MVP three weeks in the past in main the Warriors to their fourth championship in eight seasons, addressed the Durant hypothesis with out addressing the Nets star by title.

“The rumor mill and all that stuff is a part of the character of the NBA and league. You are taking it for what it’s,” Curry advised NBC Sports activities Bay Space. “You know the way shortly issues can change, however I like the place we’re at.”

Curry was talking on the American Century Championship golf event in South Lake Tahoe, and appeared completely snug together with his champs standing pat and never gutting their depth or mortgaging their future for Durant.

Kevin DurantCharles Wenzelberg/New York Put up

Any deal for Durant would probably embrace not solely a bunch of first-round draft picks and swaps, however – for wage matching functions – Jonathan Kuminga, Jordan Poole, James Wiseman and Andrew Wiggins.

Poole averaged over 25 factors over the ultimate few weeks of final season to hold Golden State when Curry was out, whereas Moses Moody poured in 34 factors in Friday evening’s Summer season League tilt vs. the Knicks.

“There’s plenty of confidence in that,” Curry stated of Golden State’s younger expertise. “There’s plenty of optimism, plenty of vitality, about the place we’re going.”

It’s well-chronicled that the Nets can’t commerce for Wiggins – on a rookie extension – so long as Ben Simmons is on their roster, as a result of the latter is on the identical sort of deal. It will necessitate both transferring Simmons, or developing a three-team commerce and sending Wiggins there for no matter belongings they will get.

These are the form of talks that Brooklyn common supervisor Sean Marks and proprietor Joe Tsai could have with a bunch of different groups in Las Vegas, together with Warriors GM Bob Myers and proprietor Joe Lacob.

However proper now, any deal for Durant – be it Golden State or anyplace else – are simply on the speaking stage, and certain the not-too-serious type.

Kevin Durant, proper, and Steph Curry whereas with the Warriors. AP

“You already know what this reply goes to be,” Lacob advised the Athletic, “which is, we’ll at all times take a look at any alternatives to make ourselves higher. The query you need to ask is: higher close to time period, higher intermediate time period or higher long run?

“Some choices to constructing the staff, if we have been to pivot in a roundabout way, some partial means, may give us a good greater upside close to time period, however may lower the long run. So these are the issues that [general manager] Bob [Myers] and the group all have to have a look at and decide what’s the fitting path.”

“There are at all times — if it isn’t the participant you’re referring to — there’s going to be an ‘X’ participant. It’s the one factor concerning the NBA … It’s simply unbelievable how this stuff appear to occur yearly. And we’re at all times going to be trying to make our staff higher to attempt to win a championship. And if we thought it was one thing higher to do for the staff, we’d do it. You already know, we have now to weigh brief time period, long run and all that. We now have to weigh the monetary obligations in each situations. However we’ll do all that and make the choice we really feel is finest.”

The Nets are nonetheless anticipated to look to maneuver Durant earlier than Irving, partly as a result of the Lakers look like the one marketplace for the purpose guard and likewise as a result of the potential for having to take again Russell Westbrook’s large contract. The Lakers have to date been unwilling to half with even a single first-round decide, in response to Substack.

LeBron James turns into eligible for his extension Aug. 4, and that deadline may begin to put stress on L.A.

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