It's safe to say the superteam trio experiment of Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving has been a certified bust so far, but that hasn't been from a lack of talent. With injury concerns, unvaccinated ineligibility, and a complete quit on the organization (in Harden's case) all taking place, they're now facing a summer in which more than one of the three could be gone.
"Irving and the Nets appear deadlocked in contract talks," said a Monday column from The Athletic. "Kyrie is clearly trying to find his way out of Brooklyn."
Then, Irving's opt-in later Monday cleared a path for him to be traded if that's still what's desired.
It's important to note that many feel like an Irving trade this offseason is unlikely now, but they could be facing this same scenario next summer.
Seeing as half the reason Durant went to Brooklyn in the first place was to play with Irving, many are starting to speculate if he'll be doing the same if Kyrie ends up elsewhere. On an episode of The Void, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor had writer Logan Murdock as a guest to discuss some lingering offseason questions.
Toward the end of the episode, the two began discussing Durant's future when Murdock brought up an unexpected team.
Logan Murdock suggests Durant would love playing in San Antonio
Although he suggests several other teams before the Spurs, Murdock spent extra time talking about San Antonio when he landed on them as a spot. "You know what would be great? San Antonio," he started. "That would be really fun to see if he went to San Antonio and just played under that system."
Murdock explains that the 33-year-old would be able to just play basketball without any drama and distractions if he found himself with the Silver and Black.
"He really just wants to be a basketball player," he continued. "He just happens to be better than 98.9% of the league, but he just wants to play basketball. If he played in San Antonio, he could be just that and let the front office put pieces around him. That would be a perfect fit."
Are the San Antonio Spurs a realistic landing spot for Durant?
It's fun to picture one of the greatest players in the modern era finding his way to San Antonio, but I wouldn't bet any amount of money on that happening. Yes, Durant played at the University of Texas and has immense respect for Coach Gregg Popovich, but that's probably where the intrigue would stop for him.
On the other end, the Spurs would have to put together a heck of a package to even get the Brooklyn Nets to listen to a trade offer, and I'm not sure they have the assets to do so without blowing up their developing roster. Should they explore the option still? I mean, it's Kevin Durant, so, yes.
But as fun as perfect as it might be, don't hold your breath for this dream to come true.