While executives from all 30 NBA teams observe and evaluate the latest group of youngsters playing Summer League games this July, they're simultaneously monitoring the sweepstakes for Brooklyn Nets veteran superstar Kevin Durant, who recently requested a trade. And with four years remaining on his contract with the franchise -- he signed a $194 million extension last summer -- the 33-year-old is perhaps the most valuable player to ever hit the NBA trade market.
Durant has created a list of preferred destinations, which reportedly includes the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat. The Nets aren't obligated to honor his wish list, though, and recent reports have indicated that the team would move him for the best possible trade package. Until the situation between Brooklyn and Durant is resolved, rumors about a reunion with the Golden State Warriors will remain. But is it wise of the reigning champions to make a legit push for him?
"I think they have to consider it, because of Durant's incredible talent. One of the best players of all-time," Warriors legend and Hall of Fame swingman Chris Mullin explained to Maggie and Perloff on Tuesday. "And he's still playing at an incredible level after his Achilles injury. And the Warriors do have the assets to do it. But, the Warriors' mindset is, they're in a unique position. They just won a championship. Steph, Klay, and Draymond are still playing at a high level.
"They've got this incredible influx of young players, because of those two lost season. In two drafts, they got four NBA starters, who are waiting to get some time. With James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Jordan Poole -- who's already a big-time player -- and Moses Moody... The Warriors are in a unique situation now, where their star future Hall of Famers are still playing at a very high level. And they've got young talent that can bridge that gap to the future, while also prolonging the careers of Steph, Klay, and Draymond."
The entire NBA conversation between Mullin and Maggie and Perloff can be accessed in the audio player above.