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Kurtenbach: The Warriors have a problem. Trading for Kevin Durant would solve the problem

The Warriors have a real champagne problem.

After its victory in the NBA Finals and its champagne shower in Boston, Golden State finds itself faced with an enviable dilemma: they have too many good players.

The team’s “two-delay” plan worked. The old ones mixed with the young ones and created a champion team.

And now everyone wants to get paid.

This is where 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 agreement — $164 million — and he deserves it.

Andrew Wiggins also owes a new contract, at around $40 million a year. He deserves it too.

Jordan Poole is also eligible for a massive pay rise. This agreement will amount to more than 100 million dollars. It’s just.

The Warriors are printing money with Chase Center, but all of those extensions, plus the luxury tax on top, would quickly find the team’s payroll cap.

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 fix the here-and-now by committing to a timeline and trading for Kevin Durant.

The Warriors floated the idea of ​​trading for Durant when the soon-to-be 34-year-old former Dub submitted his trade request to the Brooklyn Nets a month ago. All NBA teams have done it.

But although Durant is one of the best players in the NBA, there is no momentum behind him on the business front. There is occasional interest, but the odds are increasing that there will be 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 is getting more and more comfortable with the big, fancy tax checks it sends to the league office, or it’s committing to a single schedule. There is no in-between here.

Despite some trade fervor surrounding Durant in the days following his request, no one was able or willing to meet the Nets’ trade demands.

I think the Warriors can.

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