Kevin Durant Lands Back in Golden State In Proposed Blockbuster

Rumors started leaking out as soon as the Phoenix Suns were embarrassingly swept out of the playoffs in the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Durant isn't happy. He could want out of Phoenix.

This isn't the craziest scenario, of course. Durant has bailed out prematurely on teams before when the going got tough, the Brooklyn Nets being the most recent example. 

But one place that KD went where everything paid off big-time, was the Golden State Warriors. He left Oklahoma City for Steph Curry & Co. in 2016, and two championships and a torn Achilles later, he was on his way out the door to the Nets. 
But maybe he's regretting that move? 

Curry, and heck, even KD's old nemesis Draymond Green, would likely welcome Durant back with open arms if something could be worked out, where they would try to recapture the lost magic of 2017 and 2018. 

Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report has proposed the following trade that could make the dream a reality:

Golden State Warriors Receive:
  • Kevin Durant
Phoenix Suns Receive:
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Jonathan Kuminga
  • Kevon Looney
  • 2025 first-round pick

The Warriors are desperate for one last run at a potential championship run with Steph Curry still near the top of his game. Durant's age (36 next season) isn't a factor if he can help them win another ring.

The Suns are certainly in need of roster depth, and receive the 3-and-D presence that they're looking for in Wiggins, who's only two years removed from an All-Star season and a key role on a championship Warriors team. 

Kuminga gives them some promising youth—another factor their roster is missing—while they get a much-needed first-rounder. With the aging Big 3 of KD, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal not getting any younger, as Hughes notes, "Trading Durant might be the only way to... replenish Phoenix's stock of young players, picks and depth."

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