While Durant has made it clear that he wants his next destination to be Pheonix or Miami, that didn't stop multiple (if not the majority of) teams from inquiring about acquiring the two-time champion.
The Golden State Warriors' core included
According to The Athletic's Golden State Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson II, the team's core players, specifically Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green (yes, Durant's former teammates), didn't dismiss the idea of reuniting with their former teammate. They have all reportedly been in touch this summer, and it seems like Durant's former teammates are once again willing to welcome him back with open arms.
"The Warriors superstars have been in conversations with Durant. In addition to catching up, the Hall of Fame-bound peers did entertain the idea of a reunion. It was mostly about the stunning nature of it even being possible. The idea of them playing together again had to seem impossible when Durant left in free agency in 2019. It isn't lost on them how life has contrived an opportunity for them to come full circle. They see it, like everyone else, and talked about it, like everyone else," Thompson wrote in his latest piece.
The Warriors have done an outstanding job of reviving and developing a potential dynasty in the making despite Durant's exit in 2019. If the organization decides to trade for KD again, they would have to give up Andrew Wiggins and their young core, specifically Jordan Poole, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody.
The Warriors don't want want to cross that bridge again
As tempting and appealing it is to run it back with Durant (who won the Finals MVP in 2017 and 2018 with the Warriors), Thompson also wrote that Golden State's management reportedly isn't willing to break up their current roster to acquire the future Hall-of-Famer. Can you blame them?
The Warriors just completed a dominant Playoff run which resulted in their 7th franchise championship — proving that with or without Durant, they will be championship contenders no matter what.
It also doesn't look like Curry (who won his first Finals MVP this year) is slowing down anytime soon. Of course, one can argue that maybe Thompson and Green are no longer in their primes, but the Warriors have managed to compensate for that thanks to the development of Poole, Wiggins, and the rest of their young core.
Ultimately, trading for Durant (who hasn't dismissed the idea of returning to Golden State) would once again make the Warriors unbeatable now or perhaps for the next few years. However, the Warriors are thinking ahead with their desire to hold on to their current pieces. As a result, the organization no longer wants to cross that bridge for Durant once again.