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Stephen Curry confirms the Warriors discussed trading for Kevin Durant this summer

Stephen Curry confirms the Warriors discussed trading for Kevin Durant this summer

The Golden State Warriors just won their fourth title in eight years, and are primed to contend for a second straight title by running it back with the same roster. However, Finals MVP Stephen Curry confirmed a report that surfaced in July about the team’s interest in acquiring Kevin Durant after he requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets.

A potential reunion was considered “highly unlikely” at the time, as The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson reported that Golden State’s stars weren’t pressing the front office on the idea, but rather “stunned” that it was even a possibility. Well, Curry just confirmed those rumors during an interview with Rolling Stone, saying that he was “never hesitant” about the idea of playing with Durant again.

“There was a conversation internally about ‘If he was available, would you?’ I was never hesitant,” Curry said. “Every team has those conversations, and obviously, they’re gonna call me and ask, ‘How do you feel about it?”

Given the amount of success the Warriors experienced with Durant on the team alongside Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it’s not surprising that the two-time MVP would relish the idea of suiting up with K.D. again. Golden State won back-to-back titles with Durant on the roster and made it to three-straight Finals during his time with the team. However, following the 2018-19 season, Durant decided to join the Brooklyn Nets in what was widely seen as a surprising move from the Hall of Fame talent. 

Durant was heavily criticized for joining the already-dominant Warriors, and when he left he was criticized again for leaving a successful situation. Even this summer, when Durant requested a trade from the Nets, he was criticized again. But after spending three seasons on the same team with Durant, Curry thinks he’s “misunderstood.” 

“The idea of playing with K.D. and knowing who he is as a person, from our history in those three years, I think K.D.’s a really good dude. I think he has had certain things happen in his life that hurt his ability to trust people around him, in a sense of making him feel safe at all times. So all of those things, I understand, having played with him and gotten to know him. I love that dude.”

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