A reunion between Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors has sparked some interesting speculation but Colin Cowherd doesn’t believe the former MVP will be open to it.
There are many reasons why the reunion between Durant and the Warriors makes sense. He’s familiar with the franchise, they’re set to win, and Durant will set up the Warriors even further as the team to beat as they prepare for a title defense. As Cowherd pointed out, that’s the best-case scenario for Durant.
“Of course, we all know the best place to go – the best team where you win the most games. That’s Golden State, the champions. They won against him, they won with him, they won after him. It’s the best place to be,” Cowherd said in the July 4 issue of his radio show. “And they have the most assets, easily. They can make a deal this morning. James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole – defender, winger, big. Nets will be resting and running and fun to watch. “
But Cowherd sees Durant’s ego as a barrier, knowing how the 12-time All-Star views his legacy and takes on criticism.
“I don’t think he’s going. Because he’s prickly, sensitive, and he’s going to get a backlash,” says Cowherd. “Kevin Durant needs Golden State more than Golden State needs Kevin Durant. He knows that and I don’t think he likes it. … I don’t think Kevin Durant has the mentality for a comeback. “
Durant to Warriors Dubbed ‘Very Hard’
ESPN’s Marc J. Spears initially reported on the Warriors’ interest in a reunion with Durant. His main point – it’s Kevin Durant, one of the top scorers the NBA has ever seen.
“It comes as no surprise to me that the Warriors are interested in Kevin Durant, according to sources. So did more than half of the tournament,” Spears tweeted, reinforced his report. “It’s KEVIN DURANT. You better make the call if you’re an NBA GM. It’s KEVIN DURANT. “
That being said, The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II reports that a deal is highly unlikely to come down as the Warriors don’t want to part with the many pieces that have helped them become a championship team of the caliber.
“According to multiple sources within the Warriors organization, a reunion is highly unlikely. Nothing about the past three years suggests that the Warriors would be willing to pay the price for a KD return,” Thompson wrote on Sunday, July 3. “That price could (and is supposed to be) a bridge to bridge. All-Star player, young talent and a bunch of draft options. “
Durant spoke at the right time to the Warriors
As Cowherd pointed out, Durant’s disappointing circumstances and tenure with the Nets have brought him into the ranks of criticism. And the Warriors winning the title only added to the superstar’s frustration.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported shortly after Durant requested the transaction. “I think that pissed off Kevin Durant. I think it was the story around him that he settled after he left Golden State and then won the title without him, as opposed to what happened in Brooklyn for three years. via. “
Durant recently spoke about his time with the Warriors and the feedback he’s received on his podcast “The ETCs.”
“I felt like I contributed positively in every second I was in that arena,” Durant said. “From practice, to gunfights, to games. So you won’t take away from me this. I always value that no matter how you try to put my old teammates against me, try to lie my name and say I’m jealous and envious of these guys. … I am always on the team. “
The Sun remains the preferred opponent to land Durant at -140, with the Raptors (+250) being the next closest contender, according to DraftKings. The Warriors are still in the top 10, but far behind, standing at +1500.
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