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The Warriors should have no interest in paying the Kevin Durant price

The Golden State Warriors are one of several teams interested in former MVP Kevin Durant. However, while other teams will look to capitalize on the championship window, the Warriors have already proven they can do it with their current roster.

Most thought the Dubs were in a rebuilding phase when they proved to be as lethal as the teams of the mid-2010s. With so many rising stars, trading for Durant would mortgage his future.

The Golden State Warriors are as interested in Kevin Durant as practically every other team, but they should have no reason to pay the price.

There’s a rationale that makes a trade for Durant make sense. That said, the Warriors were originally heavy title favorites, which they aren’t currently, especially after the moves the Celtics made this offseason.

While Durant was in the Big 3, there wasn’t much parity in the league after Klay Thompson and Durant went down in the 2019 NBA Finals. The four stars dominated the NBA over two seasons, winning back-to-back championships with relative ease.

Yet neither seems interested, and Golden State won’t say what it would give up. ESPN’s Mark Spears noted the Warriors’ potentially attractive package and reported interest. Here’s what he followed on Twitter.

The 6-foot-10 Durant averaged 29.9 points per game last season.

The 33-year-old, who will turn 34 before the start of next season, is under contract for four more seasons, helping to intrigue potential suitors worried about trading too much for the superstar.

Trading for Durant, especially in the position Golden State is in, doesn’t make much sense. The price is too high. Players like Jonathan Cuminga, James Wiseman, Jordan Poole and multiple first-round picks are on the table to complete the deal.

The Warriors can be surefire title favorites for 3-4 years, or they can follow their plan and compete for the next decade. For this management staff and ownership group that built this roster, and most of them, it just wasn’t worth the risk.

The answer seems clear, and unless Stephen Curry takes control of the situation and requests management to put their best foot forward, which doesn’t seem likely, Durant won’t re-join the Dubs in the Bay Area.

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