Warriors have a problem. Trading with Kevin Durant would solve it

Warriors have a literal champagne problem.

After winning the NBA Finals and showering champagne 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 man merged with the youth and formed the championship team.

Now everyone wants to get paid.

This is where the trouble for warriors comes in.

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 also set to sign a new contract of about $40 million annually. It’s worth it too.

Jordan Paul is also eligible for a massive pay increase. This transaction will be over $100 million. That’s just.

Warriors print money with Chase Center, but all of these extras, plus the luxury tax at the top, will quickly find the team’s salary cap.

Winning now and later is very expensive.

Warriors can try to thread the needle – they can test fate and try to empty Poole, Wiggins, or even Green – or they can solve the here and now by sticking to one timeline and trading for Kevin Durant.

The Warriors started the idea of ​​trading for Durant when the 34-year-old former Dub placed his trade order with the Brooklyn Nets a month ago. Every team in the NBA did.

But despite Durant being one of the best players in the NBA, there is no momentum behind him on the trade front. There’s a little interest at times, but odds are increasing that he’ll stay net at least at the start of the season.

Of course, I understand why the Warriors wanted to stick to the formula in which they won the title. It was a big, daring experiment, and it worked!

But either Warriors ownership becomes increasingly comfortable with the hefty tax checks the league office sends out, or they stick to a single timeline. There is no middle ground here.

Despite little commercial enthusiasm around Durant in the days following his order, no one was able or unwilling to meet the Nets’ commercial demands.

I think warriors can do that.