Kevin Durant’s potential move to the Golden State Warriors is among the hottest NBA trade rumors. However, recent speculation suggest that if the GSW indeed goes with Durant, one player may be sacrificed. Will Andrew Bogut pay the price?
Rick Doyle’s piece from NESN projects that if the Warriors ever be successful in getting Durant, Bogut may have to go. The article cites Bogut’s unreliability as a source of the Warriors’ frustration. Also, since signing Durant would mean signing a bigger salary, the team would have to ditch one of their main players.
NBA trade — Durant’s decision
Fans waiting for Durant’s final decision don’t have to wait long. According to Chat Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder star wants to make his decision before he leaves for an overseas promotional stint. He leaves on July 9, hence, an announcement will come out during the days leading to the ninth.
Chat Sports additionally lists that Durant will meet with six teams namely the Boston Celtics, the LA Clippers, the Miami Heat, the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Golden State Warriors. Considering that it’s a large pool for Durant to choose from, results are very unpredictable at this point.
However, SB Nation’s Golden State of Mind offers one possibility on how the Warriors would stand out as Durant’s choice.
The website relays the thought of The Oklahoman’s Anthony Slater regarding the Warriors’ performance in the NBA Finals. His thoughts on the matter goes like this:
“…their [Warriors] case was strengthened by falling apart in the Finals and losing a 3-1 lead. Now they can pitch him as the missing piece in a return to glory instead of a title leach. There’s a big difference between ‘we need you’ as opposed to ‘you need us’ — especially for a prideful guy like Durant.”
It is safe to say that the argument indeed makes sense. However, the other teams in the running surely have their own pitch as well. Other’s pitch may topple the appeal of the Warriors’ plea.
Days leading to July 9 would determine how Kevin Durant’s NBA trade saga would fare.