Stephen Curry says Golden State Warriors internally discussed trade for Kevin Durant, who is ‘misunderstood’ – ESPN

Stephen Curry says Golden State Warriors internally discussed trade for Kevin Durant, who is 'misunderstood' - ESPN

Stephen Curry told Rolling Stone last month that the Golden State Warriors had internal talks about an acquisition Kevin Durant and that he would love to play again with his former teammate, who eventually reconciled with the Brooklyn Nets.

“There was a conversation between us about ‘If he was available, would you?’ Every team has those conversations, and obviously in our situation, they’re going to call me and ask me, “How do you feel about this?” Curry saidwho conducted multiple interviews with the magazine as part of its October cover story.

Curry said he “never hesitated” in supporting the idea of ​​reuniting with Durant, who was his teammate for three seasons in which the Warriors won two championships and Durant won back-to-back NBA Finals MVP awards. Durant’s time with the Warriors ended in 2019 when he left for the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade deal.

Curry also said he spoke with his brother, Seth Currywho is a current teammate of Durant’s on the Nets.

“The idea of ​​playing with KD and knowing who he is as a person, from our history in those three years, I think KD is a really good guy. I think he’s misunderstood,” Stephen Curry said. “I think he had some things happen in his life that hurt his ability to trust people around him, in the sense of making him feel safe at all times. So all those things, I understand, having played with him and getting to know him. I love that guy.”

Curry, however, said that while he entertained the idea of ​​playing with Durant again, he had to consider how much a trade for the former MVP would cost and he has full confidence that the Warriors can repeat as champions with their current roster.

“And if you said, ‘Oh, KD’s coming back, and we’re going to play with him,’ I had so much fun playing with him those three years, I’d be like, ‘Hell yeah!'” Curry said. the magazine. “So you have to think: What does that actually mean? What does it look like?

“You tell me I’m playing with [current Warriors teammates Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Draymond Green], I’m like, ‘Hell yeah!’ There are all kinds of emotion and things that happen to the league. And if someone says you wouldn’t entertain that conversation — no disrespect to anyone on our team — but you don’t know how things work. But you also understand how, if we get this thing back together, I have full confidence in my team that we can win it again, as built.”

Durant initially requested a trade on June 30 and reiterated that desire in a meeting with Nets governor Joe Tsai in London last month, during which Durant wanted Tsai to choose between him and the brain trust of coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks, sources confirmed to. ESPN. But on August 23, Durant and the Nets agreed to “move forward” with their “partnership.”

Durant’s four-year, $198 million extension he signed with the Nets last offseason kicks off this season.

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