Golden State Warriors: Why trading Kevin Durant isn’t completely crazy

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2. The tide has turned for Golden State

Had we pondered this possibility even a month ago, I would have said it was ridiculous. The Warriors were slumping, and questions were arising as to whether or not the dynasty was beginning to crumble. Well now, it’s looking like everything is on the up-and-up for Golden State.

Klay Thompson has rediscovered his awesomeness, turning back into the superstar we knew he was. His sharpshooter stroke has returned, and with it the monstrous games we’ve all come to expect from him. Based on the confidence he’s displaying on a nightly basis, I don’t Thompson’s slowing down anytime soon.

DeMarcus Cousins has also gotten on the court for the Warriors, and early signs are promising. He hasn’t shown much rust, and is putting together some impressive outings despite everything he’s been through in the last year. In three appearances for Golden State, he’s averaging 13 points, seven rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

Oh and then there’s Stephen Curry, who somehow continues to get even better at shooting 3s.

Put simply, the going is good right now. The Warriors are running like a well-oiled machine. While a trade may disrupt that a bit, they’ve got the talent to absorb the blow.

Since Cousins’ return and Thompson’s rediscovery of his shot, Durant hasn’t had to play superhero. Sure, he’s put up plenty of points, but that’s just what he does. The point I’m trying to make here is that the Warriors now have the offensive and defensive weapons in place to survive without KD.