Warriors reportedly in ‘scramble mode’ over Kevin Durant
The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of an offseason that has the potential of dramatically altering the course of the entire organization. One pressing issue in particular reportedly has the team, as one NBA insider put it, in all-out “scramble mode.”
The conundrum in question unsurprisingly surrounds the future of Kevin Durant. The superstar earlier this week declined his player option for the 2019-20 season, making him a free agent. It’s conceivable — albeit an extreme long shot — for Durant to re-up with the Warriors, especially in light of an Achilles injury that will likely cost him the entirety of next season.
Conflicting reports have emerged concerning exactly what the Warriors intend to do about Durant. Last week, word got out that the Warriors were considering a mutually beneficial delayed sign-and-trade with Durant. This week, another report suggested otherwise. Now, according to NBA insider Brian Windhorst, the Warriors are reconsidering the reported reversal of their stance on that issue.
“My sense is that the Warriors are in the scramble mode to do anything that they can to either keep Kevin or not lose him for nothing,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s “Get Up” Thursday morning. “The last thing that the Warriors want is for him to just go sign with the Nets or sign with the Knicks. So in addition to offering him the five-year contract and hoping that he will either stay with them or be willing to rehab with them and then be traded, the Warriors are wide-open to considering sign-and-trade scenarios.”
Recent reporting suggests that the wheels may already be in motion as it relates to Durant executing his free-agency plan. That said, it would not come as a surprise if Durant, agonizing over his options, changes course multiple times before settling on a final decision. In other words, there’s no telling how things play out for Durant, regardless of how the Warriors will be agonizing themselves over the next few weeks at the very least.