Kevin Durant no longer is a member of the Warriors, as the two-time NBA Finals MVP announced Sunday that he'll sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
But the Dubs actually might receive something in return with his departure, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported.
There's a possibility Kevin Durant will engage in a sign-and-trade swap with Golden State and Brooklyn, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 30, 2019
In addition, ESPN's Brian Windhorst said the following Sunday afternoon on "The Jump":
"This would be a remarkable recovery if the Warriors could pull this off. They actually could execute this sign-and-trade. It would be complicated. I don't want to make it sound like this is a simple phone call.
"The Warriors would have to sell themselves to D'Angelo Russell. They would have to agree on a contract. It's not out of the realm of possibility."
Why would Windhorst specifically mention Russell if he hadn't heard the Warriors were interested in acquiring him?
The 23-year-old -- who will be renounced by the Nets to make room for Kyrie Irving -- averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game last season. He shot 37 percent from deep and was an All-Star in the Eastern Conference.
Furthermore, there's this:
Warriors would create a $30.0M trade exception if they can convince the Nets to acquire Kevin Durant through a sign-and-trade rather than a straight free agent signing.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) June 30, 2019
Trade exceptions last for a full calendar year, so perhaps there's a route in which the Warriors and Nets agree to a sign-and-trade for Durant but Russell doesn't end up in the Bay.
This is a very fluid situation, and you can expect updates in the coming hours and days.