The warriors have a problem. Trading for Kevin Durant would solve it

The Warriors have a literal champagne problem.

Fresh off their NBA Finals victory and champagne showers in Boston, Golden State finds itself in an enviable dilemma: They have too many good players.

The team’s ‘two-timelines’ plan worked. The old blended with the young and created a championship team.

And now everyone wants to get paid.

That’s where the trouble comes in for the warriors.

Draymond Green is eligible for an extension on Thursday. He wants everything he can earn under the league’s collective bargaining agreement — $164 million — and he deserves it.

Andrew Wiggins is due a new contract, too, at roughly $40 million a year. He deserves it, too.

Jordan Poole is eligible for a massive pay raise as well. That deal is going to be over $100 million. That’s just.

The Warriors print money with Chase Center, but all these extensions, in addition to the luxury tax on top, would find the team’s payroll ceiling fast.

Winning now and later is expensive.

The Warriors can try to thread the needle — they can test fate and try to offload Poole or Wiggins or even Green — or they can solve the problem right here and now by committing to one timeline and trading for Kevin Durant.

The Warriors kicked around the idea of ​​trading for Durant when the soon-to-be 34-year-old former Dub put in his trade request to the Brooklyn Nets a month ago. Every team in the NBA did.

But despite Durant being one of the NBA’s best players, there is zero momentum behind him on the trade front. There’s an occasional blip of interest, but the odds are increasing that he will remain a Net at least for the start of the season.

Of course, I understand why the warriors want to stick with the formula that won them the title. It was a big, bold experiment and it worked!

But either warriors ownership becomes increasingly comfortable with the fat luxury tax checks it’s been sending the league office, or it commits to a single timeline. There’s no in between here.

Despite a bit of trade fervor around Durant in the days following his request, no one has either been able or been willing to meet the Nets’ trade demands.

I think the warriors can.

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