Stephen Curry has revealed the Golden State Warriors have been discussing the possibility of re-signing Kevin Durant – a move their superstar point guard would have welcomed.
Durant looked set to move this offseason after requesting a trade away from the Brooklyn Nets.
The former NBA MVP joined the Nets after leaving the Warriors in 2019, where he spent three seasons playing alongside Curry, reaching the Finals every year and winning two titles and two Finals MVP awards.
Curry and Durant have won 131 of the 168 regular season games they have played together (78.0%). So it’s perhaps no surprise that the idea of a reunion appealed to the Golden State stalwart.
Ultimately, the Nets announced that they had “agreed to move forward with our partnership” with Durant, but Curry detailed his thought process as the saga unfolded.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, done in August for the October issue, Curry said, “There was an internal conversation between us about ‘If he was available, would you?
“Every team has these conversations, and obviously in our situation, they’re going to call me up and ask, ‘How do you feel about this?’
“I never hesitated. The idea of playing with KD and knowing who he is as a person, from our history in these three years, I think KD is a very good guy.
“I think he’s misunderstood. I think there were certain things that happened in his life that affected his ability to trust people around him, in the sense of making him feel safe at any time.
“So all of those things I understand, having played with him and got to know him. I love that guy.
“What if you said, ‘Oh, KD is coming back, and we’re going to play with him’…I’ve had so much fun playing with him these three years, I would say, ‘yeah, damn it!’
“Then you have to think: what does this actually mean? What does this look like? You tell me I’m playing with [Warriors team-mates Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Draymond Green]I’m like, ‘hell, yeah!’
“There’s all kinds of emotions and things that happen to the league. And if someone says you wouldn’t want to have that conversation…no disrespect to anyone on our team, but you don’t know how to things work.
“But you also understand, if we send this thing back, I have full confidence in my team that we can win it again, as built.
“So all of those things were true. And it started with me wanting to play with KD at first.
“Yeah, it’s about winning, having fun, playing basketball. And that was part of the reaction of ‘yeah, that would be amazing’…what does that actually mean?”