Warriors would consider themselves ‘lucky’ to have had Kevin Durant if he leaves this summer
The incertitude of Kevin Durant’s plans come this summer will play a massive role in the Golden State Warriors’ future after this season, as it could force them to take a few steps back if he leaves or continue the reign of terror they’ve planted in the NBA if he chooses to stay.
One thing is certain, the Warriors want him to stay, but if he doesn’t, would be utterly appreciative of the time they’ve had him in town.
“We have no idea what he’s going to do,” said one team source, according to Frank Isola of The Athletic. “Everyone wants him to stay. There’s not much more we can sell him on. If he leaves, we’ll think of it as being lucky to have him for three great years.”
The Durant effect would do much more than just press the rewind button into a 2015-16 team that won 73 games, now with much older players in the starting lineup and the bench unit.
The Warriors will likely have to make decisions not only on Klay Thompson and soon Draymond Green, but also assess their two veteran bench cogs in Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston — both in their mid-30s and without much left to give after spending their prime in the Bay Area.
The search for depth will begin, and while the team will have to hustle for answers at the wing, they will certainly be thankful for all the hardware Durant has helped bring to the organization, even more so if he helps secure a three-peat come June.